Arrest warrant issued for Guatemala's president

By Jill Replogle

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — A judge issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for Guatemala’s President Otto Pérez Molina, who faces prosecution for allegedly masterminding a huge fraud scheme, a prosecutor said, a day after he was stripped of his immunity.

“The arrest warrant for the president has now been issued” by Judge Miguel Ángel Gálvez, who is in charge of the investigation, said Julia Barrera, spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office.

Under Guatemalan law, Pérez Molina will be automatically removed from office if remanded in custody by a criminal court.

Guatemala’s attorney general also said Wednesday she is confident embattled Pérez Molina will be convicted of corruption, as the country’s top court rejected his challenge to prosecutors’ moves to try him.

The conservative leader is against the ropes after Congress voted unanimously Tuesday to strip him of his immunity, clearing the way for prosecutors to go ahead with their case against him.

Investigators accuse Pérez Molina of running a scheme in which businesses paid bribes to dodge taxes on their imports, defrauding the country of millions of dollars.

“There’s a criminal case and we will go to trial and then a verdict. In my opinion and based on what I know of the case, it will have to be a conviction,” Attorney … continue reading

Via:: Tico Times