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Top panel urges Guatemalan president face graft trial

Guatemalans celebrate the advice from the congressional commission of inquiry to revoke the presidential immunity of President Otto Perez, in Guatemala City on August 29, 2015A legislative committee on Saturday recommended that Guatemalan President Otto Perez be stripped of his immunity and face prosecution for a multimillion-dollar corruption scheme he allegedly led. Perez has been left increasingly isolated since UN investigators accused him of running the massive fraud at the national customs service, a scandal that has already felled his former vice president and caused nearly half his cabinet to resign in protest. “The committee recommends that the full Congress hand over Otto Perez to the justice system and that he lose his immunity,” opposition lawmaker Jorge Barrios, a member of the panel, told reporters.

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