Monday, March 9, 2009

Colom Announces Presidential Commission Against Impunity

President Alvaro Colom announced the creation of the Presidential Commission Against Impunity. The new commission will be the Guatemalan government's counterpart to the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), which directs the special prosecutor, Carlos Castresana.

Colom made the announcement during the graduation of the first class of police officers trained by U.S. Army. to combat drug trafficking. The graduating class consisted of 24 officers from the PNC and 20 members of the army.

The Minister of National Defense, Abraham Valenzuela, indicated that this support will make the war against the narcotraffickers more efficient and more effective. The Director of the PNC, Marlene Blanco Lapola, said that it's a "great compromise" that allows the coverage of areas that were previously neglected.

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