Sweden Announces The Departure Of Ambassador Anders Kompass From Guatemala

The Swedish embassy in Guatemala announced on Monday the departure of its ambassador, Anders Kompass, because the diplomat decided to return on a repatriation flight to his country and end his mission in the Central American nation.

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The Guatemalan Foreign Ministry confirmed having received an official note from the Swedish embassy dated this Monday, in which it stated to the Foreign Minister, Pedro Brolo, and to the directions of Protocol and Bilateral International Relations that Kompass will leave Guatemala this Tuesday (16 of June).

“It is worth mentioning that the decision to leave the country was based on the opportunity to take a repatriation flight, due to the situation of uncertainty with international flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the world,” underlines the diplomatic letter. .

Sweden announced that, until a successor to Kompass is appointed, the consul and first secretary of representation in Guatemala, Adrián La Torre, will be in charge of the international mission.

ANTI-CORRUPTION FIGHT

Kompass arrived in the Central American country to head the Swedish embassy in December 2017 as a substitute for Georg Andrén, and with experience in the territory after having been head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Oacnudh), among 2006 and 2009.

Since his arrival in the Central American country, Kompass has generated opposition in the circle of influence of former President Jimmy Morales (2016-2020), due to his open support for the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), which had filed prejudices (request for lawlessness) together with the Prosecutor’s Office ag ainst Morales for corruption.

The struggle between support for Kompass’s anti-corruption fight and the government, which raised an anti-CICIG crusade by signaling it to meddle in internal affairs, became evident later when in January 2018, the Swedish embassy, ​​already under the command of Kompass, donated about $ 9 million to the International Commission, making its contribution a quarter of the anti-corruption entity’s budget.

On the day of the donation, Kompass told the media that he did not share that in countries that are reputed to be corrupt there were people who “internalize corruption as normal”, because, on the contrary, “the vast majority take a clear position against of corruption. ”

And he added that “corruption is often understood as rooted in the national culture and therefore the efforts are focused on changing the culture which is not far from saying that if the culture is bad it is the same as saying that people are bad” .

This phrase earned him an open confrontation with the Morales government and, particularly with the then chancellor, Sandra Jovel Polanco, who in May 2018 announced the request for the expulsion of Kompass from Guatemala for considering this declaration – and his figure – as ” interference “in internal affairs.

According to Jovel, Kompass had “called the entire Guatemalan society corrupt”, and subsequently closed the Guatemalan embassy in the Scandinavian country.

Kompass, however, remained in the country until now after the Constitutional Court endorsed an amparo filed in his favor that annulled the presidential decision to withdraw him from the mission he led until Monday.

Kompass witnessed that open and upward front of the Government of Guatemala, led by Jimmy Morales, against the CICIG, the head of it (the Colombian Iván Velásquez) and the United Nations -the regulatory body of the Commission- until the very The former president decided, surrounded by the military at a press conference, not to renew the mandate of the anti-impunity entity in September 2018.

CICIG completed its work in Guatemala on September 3, after 12 years of working together with the Public Ministry (Prosecutor’s Office), in which they identified more than 70 criminal structures, collaborated in the prosecution of 120 “high impact” cases , filed a hundred lawsuits against great officials and unionized more than 1,500 people – some 660 under trial.

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