Guatemala prosecutor requests detention of President Perez amid scandal

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Posted: Sep 02, 2015 11:56 PM

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala's attorney general's office said late on Wednesday it had sought the detention of President Otto Perez amid a corruption scandal that has gutted his government and plunged the country into chaos days before a presidential election.

In a fast moving climax to a crisis that has roiled Guatemala for months, Perez, a 64-year-old retired general who was elected on a ticket to combat crime and corruption, had his immunity from prosecution stripped by lawmakers on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the country's top prosecutor's office tweeted that the Attorney General Thelma Aldana had asked for an arrest warrant for Perez. An official from Aldana´s office confirmed the request had been made.

(Reporting by Alexandra Alper; Writing by Christine Murray; Editing by Simon Gardner)