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Guatemala, UN, Sign Unprecedented Crime Probe Pact

Guatemala and the United Nations signed an unprecedented agreement on Wednesday that would allow a U.N.-appointed commission to prosecute perpetrators of organized crime and human rights abuses. The pact, still to be approved by Guatemala’s parliament, was signed by Edgar Gutierrez, Guatemala’s foreign minister and Kieran Prendergast, the U.N. undersecretary-general for political affairs. It has a two-year life span. The new commission establishes an investigative body that could arrest and prosecute “illegal groups and clandestine security organizations.” Its chief would be appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and would choose a team experienced in human rights and organized crime, the agreement says. Full Story

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