Guatemalan Prosecutor's Office links the Colombian Defense Minister to the Odebrecht case

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The Guatemalan Prosecutor's Office announced this Monday that it will undertake legal action against the current Colombian Defense Minister, Iván Velásquez, for his performance before the International Commission against Impunity in the Central American country, on the occasion of the investigations in the framework of the Odebrecht case.

Prosecutor Rafael Curruchiche pointed out that "Velásquez will answer for his illegal and abusive acts," in reference to an alleged approval of irregular cooperation agreements with two Brazilian executives of the construction company Odebrecht in 2017.

In this announcement, Curruchiche also requested three new arrest warrants against former officials of the Prosecutor's Office and the International Commission against Impunity of Guatemala (Cicig).

Velásquez indicated that he has not been notified of any requirement by the Guatemalan authorities, highlighting his “commitment to transparency, justice and the fight against impunity”.

"I have the peace of mind that the work carried out in the Central American country was carried out with full transparency and within the legal framework that supported the operation of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala," he said in a statement.

The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, announced that he called "immediately" his ambassador in Guatemala, Victoria Gonzalez Arizato consult the situation related to the Defense Minister.

“I will never accept the arrest warrant for our minister Velásquez. He demonstrated his fight against corruption and we will not allow corruption to persecute him," he assured through a message on his social network profile. Twitter.

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