The members of the Commission for the Nomination for Attorney General and Head of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, of Guatemala, concluded this Tuesday the first day of the review of files to find out if the 26 applicants meet the requirements established by law and in the call.
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Of that total, so far 13 files have been known, of which four were provisionally excluded since they will have from March 1 to 3 to present their exoneration evidence and nine were admitted.
As planned, on Tuesday the largest number of interested parties delivered their stationery, including the current head of the investigative entity Consuelo Porras and the head of the Attorney General’s Office Jorge Luis Donado.
On #Guatemala the main association of journalists @APG_1947 warns that Attorney General Consuelo Porras has not only destroyed the institutionality of the @MPguatemala In addition, it has twisted its function of legality by fabricating false trials against honest investigators. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/kbrZo8sp8J
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Among those admitted this day is Oscar Miguel Dávila Mexicanos, current head of the Presidential Commission Against Corruption, who is very close to President Alejandro Giammattei, as is Jorge Luis Donado Vivar, head of the Attorney General’s Office (PGN), who, according to the Nominating Commission, met the requirements and therefore continues in the process.
The Nominating Commission has until this Thursday to review the files of the applicants.
The final deadline to draw up a list of six names expires on April 22, when it is delivered to President Alejandro Giammattei, who will designate Porras’ replacement for the next four years.
Guatemalan civil society organizations, such as journalists, have denounced Porras’s intentions to be re-elected, as they accuse him of criminalizing and spurious accusations against critical journalists, protecting police officers and weakening the Human Rights section.
In that sense, they warn that Porras has not only destroyed the institutional framework of the Prosecutor’s Office, but has also twisted its legal function by fabricating false trials against honest investigators.