Guatemala court lifts immunity for 3 lawmakers in graft case

AP News
Posted: Jul 30, 2015 4:33 PM

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's Supreme Court has withdrawn the immunity from prosecution for three members of congress with alleged links to corruption.

The lawmakers from the opposition Lider party are suspected of money-laundering, illicit enrichment, abuse of authority and influence trafficking. They deny any wrongdoing and say the accusations are politically motivated attacks.

Investigators say the three were caught on video and audio recordings asking for jobs, commissions and other benefits from government officials in return for not obstructing their work.

Prosecutors and a U.N. commission investigating criminal networks in the Central American country asked for the lawmakers' immunity to be lifted.

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Judge Rafael Rojas announced the decision at a news conference Thursday.

Guatemala has been rocked by a string of high-level corruption scandals in recent months.