Guatemala’s pioneering Attorney General being pushed out early

The Guatemala Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz has stated that, ‘those who have been affected by the advancement of justice are in a hurry for me to leave office’.

This was in response to the news that the Guatemala Constitutional Court has ruled that she must step aside earlier than planned.

We mentioned in October of last year, in an interview published with IPS, that Newsweek had named Claudia Paz y Paz among 12 Latin Americans, one of the 150 most fearless women in the world, and in 2011 she was given an award by the International Crisis Group for her work ‘promoting peaceful, just and open societies in some of the world’s most conflict-affected regions’.

Since she was in post in 2010, a string of crimes involving military personnel who fought leftwing guerrillas, drug traffickers and organised crime had been cleared up and it was during her watch that the genocide case against Efraín Ríos Montt took place.

Just to note here that it was the same Constitutional Court that annulled the guilty verdict that was handed down.

As Emi McLean writes in The Trial of Efraín Ríos Montt and Mauricio Rodríguez Sanchez, “In Guatemala yesterday, the Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s top lawyer must step down earlier than planned. Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz is a champion reformer, and has been a bright light in the violence-plagued country notorious for impunity”.

This is a bad thing for justice in Guatemala but why should that bother the ruling elite….

You can read the full article here.

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Categories: Justice

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  1. Thanks for posting – interesting to get the latest on this.

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