Accusations against Guatemala Deputy Minister Open New Questions about President’s Cabinet

11/8/2018

The indictment of a senior Guatemalan government official concerning his alleged participation in police death squads has reopened deep questions about President Jimmy Morales’ security cabinet. On October 29, the Attorney General’s Office of Guatemala accused Kamilo Rivera, the deputy minister of the interior and the president’s main connection to the National Civil Police (PNC), of forming death squads within the Guatemalan state over a decade ago. Rivera has now gone missing. This accusation comes as part of a case by the Attorney General’s Office and the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala. The institutions accuse eight officials active during the management of former president Óscar Berger of being part of a death squad that committed at least seven extrajudicial executions. The officials include a former minister of the interior, Carlos Vielmann; the then-director of the PNC, Erwin Sperisen; and Víctor Hugo Soto Diéguez, the former head of police investigations.

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