The government of US President Joe Biden has vetoed former Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei from entering the country “due to his involvement in significant corruption,” the State Department reported this Wednesday.
The punishment comes two days after the inauguration of his successor, the progressive Bernardo Arévalo, amid a judicial offensive carried out by Attorney General Consuelo Porras, confirmed in his position by Giammattei.
The United States has information “indicating that Giammattei accepted bribes in exchange for the performance of his public duties… actions that undermined the rule of law and government transparency, said the State Department spokesman, Matthew Miller. This is a statement.
“Washington has made it clear that it supports Guatemalans seeking to hold corrupt actors accountable,” he added.
Giammattei was in Washington last week, where he gave a speech before the OAS in which he criticized the United States, without naming him, for imposing visa restrictions on more than 100 representatives.
Over the past three years, the Biden administration has barred entry or sanctioned nearly 400 people, including officials and representatives of the private sector, whom it accused of “engaging in corrupt activities or undermining democracy or the rule of law in Guatemala.” Miller recalled.
Giammattei maintains a tense relationship with Washington, especially in recent times when the Biden administration supported the new progressive president in the face of judicial harassment.
Arévalo and his Semilla party have been the target of judicial persecution led by the Prosecutor’s Office since they went to a runoff in June, which they won in August.