Guatemala President Otto Perez barred from leaving country

Prosecutor's office says, President Otto Perez Molina barred from leaving Guatemala

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina.

Guatemalan President, Otto Perez Molina, has been barred from leaving the country by Judge Miguel Angel Galvez. The president is accused of customs fraud and cheating the customs service out of millions of dollars by prosecutors.

President Molina, has rejected the allegations and accusations about him, however, congress still voted to remove his immunity from prosecution.

Perez administration has been under pressure following allegations of fraud, alleging top government officials helped businessman evade import duties in return for a cut from the bribes given during the process.

The vice president is jailed and is awaiting trial after being made to forcibly resign. Several cabinet ministers have also quit in protest. And now, there is a nation wide protest demanding Perez to step down

"Wish the president would be very respectful and submit himself to the rule of law" said a spokesman for Mr Perez Moina.

Anti-corruption protesters were jubilant when news of the vote came through.

132 lawmakers voted to remove his immunity from prosecution, making Perez the first president to have his immunity unanimously removed in the Central American country's history. Members of the president's own party are among the 132 lawmakers who voted.

Last month, another vote was held to remove Perez's immunity, which failed.



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