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Guatemalan Prosecution to Investigate President for Alleged Sexual Abuse

GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemala’s Attorney General Maria Consuelo Porras decided to launch an investigation into Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales’ alleged sexual abuse, the Attorney General’s Office said in a statement on Monday.

Porras took this decision after a private meeting with former Foreign Minister Edgar Gutierrez, who confirmed that he has information related to sexual harassment allegedly committed by Morales.

While Gutierrez did not present details or information about the victims, Porras urged the women to feel confident about filing complaints as their safety will be guaranteed.

The accusations against Morales started to emerge in June, when at first Gutierrez said in an op-ed in the El Periodico newspaper that Morales was “an abuser of young girls,” an opinion subsequently expressed in other media.

Local media outlet Prensa Libre published on its website that a woman had filed a complaint against Morales for alleged sexual abuse about a month ago and that in the next few days she would present evidence to confirm the allegation.

That news reported that the victim, who “fears for her life,” would be willing to confirm her complaint against the president and to present “evidence of alleged sexual abuse.”

The former foreign minister reiterated that there are several cases and that there could be up to 10 women who were abused by the president.

The Office of the Prosecutor had reported that there was no complaint of rape or sexual abuse made against the Guatemalan president in its database and added that what only exists in this regard is a complaint filed in 2015, which was dismissed because “there was no perpetration of any criminal act.”

 

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