Statement On The Reappointment Of Guatemalan Attorney General Maria Consuelo Porras

Many hoped that President Giammattei would reject the corruption and impunity that his predecessors institutionalized.  The reappointment of Attorney General Porras, who according to the State Department has “repeatedly obstructed and undermined anti-corruption investigations,” shows that it’s business as usual.    

Democracy cannot survive without an independent judiciary, which Attorney General Porras has sought to dismantle by persecuting prosecutors and judges who have stood up for the principle that no one is above the law.  As long as this continues, Guatemala’s government is not a serious anti-corruption partner of the United States.