Key anti-corruption judge in Guatemala announces resignation, flees to U.S.
22 Mar 2022 (NBC NEWS)
“They left me no other option,” said Judge Erika Aifán, who denies complaints of “overstepping” as she oversaw an investigation on alleged irregularities during current President Alejandro Giammattei’s campaign.
GUATEMALA CITY — A Guatemalan judge considered key in fighting corruption announced her resignation on Monday and that she has decided to leave the Central American country.
Judge Erika Aifán has presided over corruption cases against businessmen, officials, judges and lawmakers, and she was recently overseeing an investigation about alleged irregularities during current President Alejandro Giammattei’s campaign. She has been pursued by her own colleagues and she faces at least 20 legal complaints for allegedly overstepping, something she denies.
“They left me no other option,” she said to The Associated Press on a phone conversation from Washington, where she fled.
Aifán is the latest case of other Guatemalan judges and prosecutors who have left the country in recent months after the government had started investigations or even looking to arrest those who oversee corruption cases.SEE THE ORGINAL ARTICLE