Latin America

Guatemala judicial crisis goes from bad to worse after anti-corruption judge exiles

Claiming pressure and persecution from the Prosecutor General's office, a number of high-profile anti-corruption judges have fled Guatemala, amid investigations into the president

Demonstrators hold sheets with a photo of Guatemala's Prosecutor General Maria Consuelo Porras during a protest against her re-election outside the Supreme Court in Guatemala City. Photo: Sandra Sebastian/Reuters via Alamy
Demonstrators hold sheets with a photo of Guatemala’s Prosecutor General Maria Consuelo Porras during a protest against her re-election outside the Supreme Court in Guatemala City. Photo: Sandra Sebastian/Reuters via Alamy

When things begin to derail in Guatemala, the locals like to say the country has gone from Guatemala to “Guatepeor” — or, mala, bad, to peor, worse. And the famous maxim is fitting when it comes to the latest crisis in the Central American country’s judicial system, in which judges leading high-profile anti-corruption cases have been forced to flee the country after reports of persecution.

The scandal concerns pressure placed on members of a high-profile anti-corruption task force, who are being leaned on not only by influential criminal networks but also by the Guatemalan justice system and Prosecutor General Consuelo...

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