President of Guatemala Otto Perez Molina lost immunity after the Congress of the country voted in favor of the corresponding decision, Joinfo.ua reports referring to AP.
It happened because of allegations of corruption. Now the investigation into the incident has formally begun.
Deprivation of immunity was supported by 132 deputies out of 158. Earlier, in the Congress it was impossible to collect the necessary number of votes.
In August, the Supreme Court of Guatemala has authorized the prosecutor’s office to start an investigation into the corruption scheme La Linea (“The Line”), the management of which is laid to President Perez Molina’s charge.
Prosecutors and the International Commission against lawlessness in Guatemala operating under the auspices of the UN consider the scandal participants involved in obtaining multimillion-dollar bribes for cashing import taxes and rollbacks from overpriced contracts. Earlier, there was arrested the former Vice President Roxana Baldetti on charges of involvement in the scheme.
At the end of August, thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of the head of state came to the presidential mansion in the capital of Guatemala. The president himself refuses to leave his post.