Weekly Report - 4 February 2021 (WR-21-05)

GUATEMALA: New CC judge serves as latest test for institutions

“This appointment…calls into question the integrity of Guatemala’s highest court, thereby weakening the rule of law and undermining a key US priority”. This was the response by US State Department spokesperson Ned Price to the appointment of Mynor Moto as a new constitutional court (CC) judge last week to replace a judge who died in September despite facing various appeals against his candidacy. The office of the special prosecutor against impunity (Feci), a unit of the attorney general’s office (AG), has called for Moto to be investigated over corruption allegations [WR-21-02] and has since announced an arrest warrant for him. As well as serving as the latest challenge to Guatemala’s institutions, the fate of Moto, who has yet to assume the post, is also proving a test for bilateral relations with the new US administration led by President Joe Biden which has pledged to address “endemic corruption” as part of a regional strategy to address factors driving migration from Central America.

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