Security & Strategic Review - July 2022

GUATEMALA: Re-appointment of AG head fans corruption concerns

President Alejandro Giammattei’s decision announced mid-May to re-appoint the highly discredited head of the attorney general’s office (AG), María Consuelo Porras, has drawn widespread condemnation both locally and abroad. Sanctioned by the US in 2021 for obstructing efforts into corruption [SSR-21-09], Porras’s tenure was described as a “disgrace for the rule of law in Guatemala” by acting Americas director of US-based NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW), Tamara Taraciuk Broner, an assessment echoed by other human rights watchers. As well as a more general backsliding in anti-corruption efforts which has taken place under her watch, a key accusation levelled at Porras is that the situation facing independent judicial officials has also significantly deteriorated.

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