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Withdrawal of immunity recommended in Guatemala from TSE magistrates

Guatemala City, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) The Commission of the Congress (unicameral) of Guatemala in charge of analyzing the purchase of the computer system used in the last elections today recommended withdrawing the immunity of magistrates of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE).

At the end of the report that will be presented to the Plenary of the Legislature, he pointed out Irma Palencia (previous president of the governing body of the suffrage), Ranulfo Rojas, Vladimir Aguilera and Mynor Franco, who do not have protection from the Constitutional Court (CC).

The president of the Investigative Commission, deputy Enrique Montano (Unionist), explained that this position reflected in the text was taken with three votes in favor and two against from the five members.

In relation to the decision adopted by the legislators (also Douglas Rivero (FCN-Nación), Julio Longo (Elefante), Flavio Muñoz (Humanista) and Osmundo Ponce (URNG), he specified that each one was based on the arguments heard during the 10 hearing days.

He highlighted that his vote was against stripping the electoral authorities of their right to pretrial, since he considered that the analysis of the case was done in a very short time, which generated certain “legal loopholes.” He ruled out that he could take a position if he did not have the pertinent information, “this was rushed,” “there was a lot of paperwork that I requested and due to time they could not deliver it to me,” Montano asserted.

“I feel that people’s rights can be violated,” said the congressman, whose body heard last Friday from lawyers Geovanny Fratti and Karen Fisher, who filed the complaint with the Public Ministry (MP).

In addition, this week to the magistrates themselves involved, as well as to the company Datasys, contracted to provide the Electoral Results Transmission service.

The CC previously provisionally protected the current president of the TSE, Blanca Alfaro, and the substitutes Marlon Barahona, Álvaro Cordón and Antonio Cornejo.

Thus, he canceled the pretrial proceedings against them, promoted by the MP by linking them with alleged irregularities in the acquisition of the computer system.

The CC noted in its resolution that Alfaro rejected the purchase of this program at the time, while the substitute magistrates did not participate in the purchase process.

Currently, two other congressional investigative commissions are operating; one against the vice president of Guatemala, Guillermo Castillo, and the next against the Minister of Communications, Infrastructure and Housing, Javier Maldonado.

A pending task, presumably to be determined tomorrow by the deputies, is the approval of the 2024 National Budget.

Since the end of last October, it has had a favorable opinion for 124,880 million quetzales (almost 16 billion dollars), the highest in history.

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