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Guatemalan Court Rules For Return Of Anti-Graft Chief


Demonstrators take part in a protest against Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and his decision not to renew the mandate of the CICIG, in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Sept. 1, 2018.
Demonstrators take part in a protest against Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and his decision not to renew the mandate of the CICIG, in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Sept. 1, 2018.

Guatemala's constitutional court has ruled that the country's president must allow the head of a United Nations-backed anti-graft commission back into the country.

The court ruled late Sunday that President Jimmy Morales must let Ivan Velasquez, the chief of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, or CICIG, return to Guatemala.

Youths shout slogans against the government of President Jimmy Morales, in Guatemala City, Sept. 11, 2018.
Youths shout slogans against the government of President Jimmy Morales, in Guatemala City, Sept. 11, 2018.

The president came under international condemnation when he announced earlier this month that he was shuttering CICIG and barring Velasquez from the country.

Velasquez had conducted a number of high-profile corruption investigations, include one pending against the president.

Morales said Velasquez is "a person who attacks order and public security in the country."

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