Politics & Current Affairs

Guatemalan President criticizes U.S backed graft lawyer

Guatemala’s President appears at odds with Washington after criticizing a U.S. backed state prosecutor who he called biased.

This comes just before the two countries are set to meet next week. Conservative Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said that Judge Francisco Sandoval has allowed left-leaning politics to color his work.

In February, the U.S. State Department declared Sandoval an “anti-corruption champion” and last week, the U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala said Washington will continue to support Sandoval’s work.

Sandoval had previously prosecuted Giammaetti as former head of the prison system, when he was accused of orchestrating the executions of seven prisoners.

Although at odds over Sandoval, Giammattei expressed hope for his planned visit with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris next week.

Sisanda Mpiti.

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