Court rap for Morales

The West Australian - - WORLD -

Gu­atemala’s high­est court has ruled that President Jimmy Morales can­not ex­pel the head of a UN anti-cor­rup­tion com­mis­sion from the coun­try.

Mr Morales is­sued his ex­pul­sion or­der on Sun­day, two days af­ter Ivan Ve­lasquez and the chief Gu­atemalan pros­e­cu­tor said they would seek to lift Mr Morales’ im­mu­nity from pros­e­cu­tion to probe al­leged il­le­gal cam­paign fi­nanc­ing.

But the Con­sti­tu­tional Court on Tues­day negated Mr Morales’ or­der declar­ing Mr Ve­lasquez per­sona non grata. It ruled the or­der was is­sued im­prop­erly.

The UN panel and lo­cal pros­e­cu­tors have built pop­u­lar­ity among many Gu­atemalans over the past decade by at­tack­ing cor­rup­tion in Gu­atemala.

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