Gu­atemala re­quest to lift im­mu­nity to pro­ceed

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GU­ATEMALA CITY — Gu­atemala’s Supreme Court is­sued a rul­ing Mon­day al­low­ing a re­quest to lift Pres­i­dent Jimmy Mo­rales’ im­mu­nity from pros­e­cu­tion to go be­fore law­mak­ers for fi­nal con­sid­er­a­tion.

The court’s de­ci­sion on the re­quest from pros­e­cu­tors is re­lated to al­le­ga­tions of il­le­gal fi­nanc­ing for Mo­rales’ 2015 cam­paign. In­ves­ti­ga­tions have tar­geted sev­eral po­lit­i­cal par­ties in­clud­ing his Na­tional Con­ver­gence Front. “There ap­pears to be suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to al­low the trans­fer of the case to con­gress,” Supreme Court spokesman An­gel Pineda said.

Con­gress must now form a five­mem­ber com­mit­tee to ex­am­ine the case and present its con­clu­sion to the full body. For the im­mu­nity of of­fice that Mo­rales en­joys as pres­i­dent to be lifted, 105 of the 158 deputies would have to vote in favour.

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