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UN corruption panel in Guatemala names new head

August 31, 2013

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s foreign minister says the United Nations has named a former Colombian Supreme Court judge as the new head of a commission charged with investigating corruption in the Central American nation.

Foreign Minister Fernando Carrera says former judge Ivan Velasquez is the new director of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala.

Francisco Dall’Anese resigned this month after three years as head of the panel. The U.N.-backed team of police and prosecutors has been highly effective in prosecuting crime in Guatemala since its 2008 origins. The country has one of the highest murder rates in the region.

The commission is expected to leave Guatemala after 2015.

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