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Published 6 January 2019

Upon hearing of the CICIG official's detainment, groups and social movements organized a protest in the vicinity of the airport against President Jimmy Morales.

The Guatemalan Migration Institute (IGM) barred Saturday the entry of an investigator on the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig), Yilen Osorio Zuluaga.

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The restriction of the Cicig official violates the ruling of the constitutional court of the Central American nation that favored the anti-corruption agency.

The investigator was detained by security forces upon his arrival at the International Airport La Aurora in the Guatemalan capital.

The Public Prosecutor’s office under Attorney General María Consuelo Porras issued a statement ordering order airport personnel from her office to force elements within the National Civil Police to comply with the court's ruling, which protects the entry of the investigators from the Cicig.

The text requires the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sandra Jovel to order her personnel at the airport to comply with the decision of the constitutional court, and warns of legal consequences for non-compliance.

Upon hearing of the CICIG official's detainment, groups and social movements organized a protest in the vicinity of the airport against President Jimmy Morales, demanding the entry of Osorio Zuluaga.

Yilen Osorio Zuluaga works with the CICIG, for which the Guatemalan government revoked courtesy visas last December. However, the Constitutional Court issued a ruling on December 21, in which it ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minex) to extend the documents and not impede the entry of the investigators.

Osorio was in charge of investigating the case "Traffickers of influences," in which Deputy Felipe Alejos, secretary-general of ALL party is implicated.


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