THE head of the UN legal mission in Guatemala who recently opened a corruption probe into the country’s president has just one week to leave the country, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig) director Ivan Velasquez, a Colombian lawyer, had his visa revoked as it “was not filled by the relevant person.” He now has until October 18 to reapply or leave.
The move follows an attempt by President Jimmy Morales to expel Mr Velazquez in August, saying the director exceeded his mandate by opening a corruption probe into him.
Cicig was founded in 2006 to help prosecute war crimes, as well as provide technical assistance to the Public Prosecutor’s Office and national police to fight organised crime.
But by 2008 it was involving itself in political corruption cases, including against Mr Morales’s predecessor Otto Perez who was removed from office two years ago over a multimillion-pound corruption scandal.