26 January, 2023

The controversial trial against the anti-corruption prosecutor Virginia Laparra begins in Guatemala

Amnesty International also denounces multiple anomalies in the case that would make Laparra's imprisonment illegal, therefore demanding his immediate release.

Voice of Diaspora

Guatemala – In the midst of multiple protests, the controversial trial against the anti-corruption prosecutor Virginia Laparra, started this week.

The Eighth Criminal Court of the capital, began this week the process against the former head of the Special Prosecutor's Office against Impunity in the province of Quetzaltenango. He is accused of abuse of authority, false testimony and usurpation of functions.

Organizations such as the Guatemalan Impunity Watch or Amnesty International are clear on this.: Laparra, imprisoned since last February, is a prisoner of conscience.

Laparra, what in 2018 denounced a judge for leaking information about a case, For this reason, she faces nine years in prison after being arrested along with five other prosecutors by order of the public prosecutor., directed by Consuelo Porras. Attorney General Porras is accused from Washington of carrying out a campaign of persecution against members of the special prosecutor's office against impunity, the FECI.

At the exit of the room, Laparra herself expressed her opinion on the reasons for this controversial process.

“I really appreciate the support of my family and friends.. It's been hard times, but my conscience is clear”, Laparra said, which also reminded “many exiles who are people who really contributed and who could continue to contribute a lot to the country, so that we can make this Guatemala what it should be and is not today due to so much corruption”.

Amnesty International also denounces multiple anomalies in the case that would make Laparra's imprisonment illegal, therefore demanding his immediate release.