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Guatemala court orders UN anti-graft chief Jimmy Morales be readmitted

News Agencies | Updated on: 17 September 2018, 10:57 IST
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Guatemala's Constitutional Court has ordered President Jimmy Morales to allow the head of a UN-backed anti-corruption commission to return to the country.

Ivan Velasquez is the head of the commission known as CICIG for its initials in Spanish.


It has led a number of high-profile graft investigations, including one that is pending against Morales.

Earlier this month the president announced that he would not renew CICIG's mandate for another two-year term, effectively giving it a year to wind down and end its activities.

He later said that Velasquez, who was travelling in Washington, would be barred from re-entering the Central American nation.

Morales called Velasquez "a person who attacks order and public security in the country."

The court's ruling was announced late Sunday.

-PTI

First published: 17 September 2018, 10:57 IST
 
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