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Guatemala congress to decide soon on presidential immunity

Head of Guatemala's congress: Lawmakers to vote on lifting presidential immunity on Tuesday

Guatemala congress to decide soon on presidential immunity

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- The head of Guatemala's congress says that lawmakers would decide on Tuesday whether to lift President Otto Perez Molina's immunity from prosecution in a corruption case, as recommended by a legislative committee.

Congress president Luis Rabbe told The Associated Press on Sunday that party leaders would meet on Monday to set the legislature's agenda. By law, 24 hours must pass between then and the session, so lawmakers should vote on the issue on Tuesday, he said.

The proposal to remove the president's immunity needs two-thirds support, or 105 of the 158 lawmakers in the chamber.

On Saturday, a legislative commission urged Guatemala's congress to lift Perez Molina's immunity from prosecution in the case, which has already seen his former vice president jailed and much of his Cabinet resign.

The process against Perez Molina is akin to impeachment and could lead to criminal charges in connection with a customs fraud scheme.

Former Vice President Roxana Baldetti was ordered jailed on Wednesday on charges she took $3.7 million in bribes to let business people evade import duties.

Like Perez Molina, she denies any wrongdoing.


Updated : 2021-09-28 12:19 GMT+08:00