Guatemalan Prosecutor Seeks to Strip President-Elect Arévalo and Vice of Immunity
As the Guatemalan Public Ministry pushes forward, legal upheavals emerge at the forefront of the nation’s political landscape. The latest events revolve around the formal request to lift the immunity of incoming political figures as part of ongoing investigations into the ‘USAC Takeover Case: Political Loot.’ Below is an in-depth examination of the developments as reported by Sputnik Mundo, which follows the unfolding narrative of political tension within Guatemala.
Public Ministry Formalizes Request
On November 17, the Public Ministry (MP) of Guatemala made a decisive move against the nation’s soon-to-be leader and his deputy, President-elect Bernardo Arévalo and Vice President-elect Karin Herrera. This formal request by the MP seeks to remove their immunity, allowing legal proceedings to investigate allegations linked to the occupation of the University of San Carlos (USAC) campus.
Charges Faced by President-Elect and Vice
The charges presented against Arévalo and Herrera are significant. They include allegations of aggravated usurpation, depredation of cultural property, and sedition, which the MP claims have been committed continuously. According to the accusations, these political figures were involved in a forcible takeover of the USAC campus back in 2022 following disputes over election fraud during the university’s rector elections. Arévalo is specifically accused of having supported the academics and students who occupied the university premises from May 2022 through June 2023 via social media endorsements.
International Backlash and Defense
The decision to aim for Arévalo and Herrera’s immunity has attracted international attention and criticism. Notably, on November 16, the United States, the European Union, the United Nations (UN), and the Organization of American States (OAS) expressed their rejection of the MP’s request. Arévalo himself has vehemently spoken out against these legal moves, labeling them as an “assault on democracy.”
Widening Scope of Investigations
Apart from the president-elect and vice president-elect, the MP has expanded its legal sights to include several others in the Semilla Movement political party. Among them are a current deputy, an elected deputy, and two additional opposition congressmen. These developments followed a series of raids on November 16, which resulted in arrests, including that of a former Semilla party deputy candidate, who were linked to the occupation of the university.
Public Reactions and Statements
The social media space has been actively utilized by the MP to disseminate updates and statements regarding the ongoing case. In a now widely circulated tweet, the MP announced its initiative to process pretrial withdrawal proceedings against six individuals prominently entangled in the university’s occupation.
Impact on the Seed Movement Party
The implications of the MP’s actions are not only legal but also political, as they strike at the heart of the Seed Movement, a significant political faction within Guatemala. The fallout of these proceedings may well reverberate across the country’s political landscape, influencing public opinion and the future of the newly elected government officials.
Guatemala’s political arena is witnessing profound shifts as newly elected leaders confront substantial legal challeges ahead of taking office. As the Public Ministry steers the course of these investigations, the nation watches with bated breath to see how these moves will alter the state of governance and justice in Guatemala.
The full extent of the repercussions from these actions remains to be seen, and as the situation develops, it will continue to garner attention both domestically and internationally.
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For more details on this evolving story, visit the original article at Sputnik Mundo: Guatemalan Prosecutor’s Office requests withdrawal of immunity from President-elect Arévalo and his vice.