Guatemala: Judge Stripped of Immunity in Port Corruption Case
12 May 2016

Legislators in Guatemala voted to revoke the judicial immunity of a judge suspected of collaborating in a port corruption scheme that reaches to the highest levels of government, marking a clear step forward in a major corruption investigation that appears likely to expand even further.

In a 136-0 vote, Guatemala’s National Congress revoked the immunity of magistrate Douglas Charcal who is suspected of unduly wielding influence to affect the outcome of port development permit applications, reported La Prensa.

The charges are connected to a larger corruption investigation, now dubbed the Quetzal Container Terminal (Terminal Contendadores Quetzal- TCQ) case, in which ousted former President Otto Pérez Molina and Vice President Roxana Baldetti stand accused of taking upwards of $25 million in bribes from a Spanish company, Grup TCB, attempting to win a concession for the development of a new terminal at the TCQ facility. The TCQ port, located at Puerto Quetzal along the country’s pacific coast, is the largest container port facility in Guatemala.

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