To The Public

Statement by Juan Francisco Sandoval – 2nd September 2021

The former head of FECI, Juan Francisco Sandoval released a statement, from exile, in which he responded to attacks from the Attorney General.

The statement is above and any errors in translation are mine.

To The Public:

The Attorney General, Consuelo Porras, is at the forefront of a strategy to criminalise and persecute all those who have contributed, for years, to the strengthening of justice and the fight against corruption and impunity. This is confirmed by the Prosecutor’s statements this morning, in which Porras announces that she will try to hold me accountable for a series of crimes.

As I have previously revealed, Porras intervened in the work of the Special Prosecutor’s Office Against Impunity [Fiscalía Especial contra la Impunidad] (FECI) when it received signs of the possible involvement of President, Alejandro Giammattei, in structures of corruption. Among them, a testimony that accused the President of receiving funds from businessmen with an interest in controlling port operations in Santo Tomás de Castilla. Contrary to what the Prosecutor suggests, the FECI’s proceedings did not violate the President’s right to pre-trial.

Porras suggests, without basis or support, that the actions of the FECI violated human rights, giving credibility to unfounded attacks by detractors and anonymous stories on social networks. Furthermore, she uses the same media that she questions, and that I have used only to report verifiable facts of public interest. If her commitment to human rights is true, she should respect my right to due process and freedom of expression, as well as work to ensure access to justice for the public.

Juan Francisco Sandoval Alfaro

2nd September 2021.

You can read more about the situation here, Assault on Guatemala’s Justice System Intensifies With Expulsion of Anti-Corruption Prosecutor.

Categories: Corruption, Criminalisation, Guatemala, Human Rights, Impunity, Justice, Legal, Lobbying, Solidarity in Action, Violence

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