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Guatemala Request to Lift President's Immunity to Proceed

  • Associated Press

FILE - The President of Guatemala Jimmy Morales speaks during a conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America in Miami, June 15, 2017.

Guatemala's Supreme Court has sent a request to lift President Jimmy Morales' immunity from prosecution to congress for final consideration.

Monday's court decision on the request from prosecutors is related to allegations of illegal financing for Morales' 2015 campaign. Investigations have targeted several political parties including his National Convergence Front.

Prosecutors allege that about $825,000 of financing for the campaign was hidden and other expenditures had no explainable source of funding. Morales has denied any wrongdoing.

Last month, chief prosecutor Thelma Adana and the head of a U.N. anti-corruption commission announced they were seeking to lift the immunity of office that Morales enjoys as president.

Two days later, Morales ordered commission chief Ivan Velasquez's immediate expulsion from the country. But that was overturned by the Constitutional Court.

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