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Guatemala: Attorney General sanctioned by the United States is reappointed


The Attorney General of Guatemala, Consuelo Porras, was reappointed Monday, May 16 by President Alejandro Giammattei, for a new term of...

Guatemala's Attorney General, Consuelo Porras, was reappointed Monday, May 16 by President Alejandro Giammattei, for a new four-year term, after the United States put her on a list of


personalities .

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“I have taken the decision to appoint the current Attorney General, María Consuelo Porras Argueta, to the position of Attorney General and Head of the Public Ministry for the next four years

,” Alejandro Giammattei said during an official ceremony.

The governor assured that Consuelo Porras met all constitutional requirements and obtained a unanimous vote from the evaluation commission.

“This is not just a decision taken lightly

,” he added.

"Media or political accusations (...) have no value in stripping a person of his ability, ability and honesty

," he added.

In recent months, the Public Ministry, under the orders of Consuelo Porras, has ordered the arrest of at least six lawyers who worked in anti-mafia bodies in Guatemala, accusing them of irregularities in their work.

For the defendants, these arrests are a


against those who fought against corruption, which she rejects.

In a speech upon taking office for the 2022-2026 term, Consuelo Porras said her commitment to work

“without bias or ideology, remains firm”


Returning to her record, she said that

"the fight against corruption"

had been one of her priorities during her previous mandate.

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Consuelo Porras was placed by Washington in 2021 on a list of

"corrupt actors"


This decision was notably motivated by the dismissal last year of the prosecutor against impunity Juan Francisco Sandoval, then considered a

“champion in the fight against corruption”

by Washington.

Now in exile in the United States, Juan Francisco Sandoval told AFP in March that he had been removed from his post after reports emerged that he had evidence of

"possible bribes wine”

paid to the president by Russian businessmen wishing to manage a port on the Caribbean coast.

Source: lefigaro

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