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International Organizations Reject the Criminalization of Judge Pablo Xitumul and Denounce the Persecution of Justice Operators in Guatemala

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Guatemala City, Geneva and Washington D.C.

February 10, 2022

On February 9, 2022, the Supreme Court of Justice declared admissible the request to strip Judge Pablo Xitumul de Paz of his judicial immunity, leaving him vulnerable to impeachment. Pablo Xitumul de Paz is the judge of the First Court of Criminal Sentencing, Drug Trafficking and Crimes against the Environment, with jurisdiction to hear high-risk cases of group "C".

The request to repeal his judicial immunity is linked to a complaint filed against the judge by a police inspector during a vehicle inspection incident in which the judge's family was traveling. Despite the existence of documentary evidence showing the police officer used excessive force -which was denounced by Xitumul and led to the officer being prosecuted for abuse of authority-, the latter in turn filed a criminal complaint against Xitumul, and reportedl