• Top panel urges Guatemalan president face graft trial


    GUATEMALA CITY: A legislative committee on Saturday recommended that Guatemalan President Otto Perez be stripped of his immunity and face prosecution for a multimillion-dollar corruption scheme he allegedly led. For Perez to lose his immunity, at least 105 lawmakers of the total 158 must vote in favor of a resolution. On Monday the legislature should receive the committee’s recommendation and likely will schedule a date to vote on it. Perez has been left increasingly isolated since UN investigators accused him of running the massive fraud at the national customs service, a scandal that has already felled his former vice president and caused nearly half his cabinet to resign in protest. Perez, a 64-year-old retired general in office since 2012, has apologized for the fact the graft happened on his watch but denies involvement and has rejected calls to resign before his term ends in January.



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