Former Guatemalan president claims US is behind his fall

Jailed former Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina blames US to be responsible for corruption allegations which led to his demise

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Former Guatemalan President Otto Perez attends a hearing at the Supreme Court of Justice in Guatemala City, Guatemala September 8, 2015

Former Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina claimed on Wednesday that the United States was behind the process that landed him in jail facing corruption charges.

Perez has resigned his post last week after Guatemalan parliament revoked his immunity, and a judge ordered him to be jailed as he waits trial for corruption charges including criminal association, taking bribes and customs fraud.

Perez denies all allegations and claims innocence.

Speaking to CNN en Espanol in an interview, Perez emphasised the role played by International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), an UN-backed body tasked with investigating serious crimes in Guatemala.

“The CICIG has been an instrument that has served others, but not to strengthen justice,” Perez said talking about the anti-graft body which played an important role in collection of evidence against him.

“Today, the CICIG, we see it really as an interference of the United States, who were the ones most pressuring for it,” Perez added.

“So I responded to the interference of the United States, who are the ones practically ordering the commissioner here.”

The UN and the US have been forcing Perez to extend CICIG mandate since earlier this year but he had refused to do so.

Perez was elected in 2011 with the promise of fighting against corruption and crime.

The recent corruption probe reached to many in Guatemalan bureaucracy and government including former vice president and president of the central bank.


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