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A protest outside the headquarters of the MACCIH anti-corruption mission, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Feb. 16, 2018 (AP photo by Fernando Antonio).

Can a New Prosecutor Add Bite to Honduras’ Anti-Corruption Mission?

Monday, July 9, 2018

On Friday, Luiz Antonio Guimaraes, a Brazilian prosecutor who was Sao Paolo’s attorney general from 1996 to 2004, was sworn in as the head of the Mission Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras, known as MACCIH. Guimaraes’ predecessor, the Peruvian Juan Jimenez, resigned in February, citing obstruction by Honduran officials and a lack of support by the Organization of American States, which sponsors the mission. The swearing-in came days after Honduras’ legislature re-elected Attorney General Oscar Chinchilla to continue in that key post, and amid a massive corruption scandal known as the Pandora Case that has implicated hundreds of current and former legislators. In an email interview, Eric Olson, deputy director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center, discusses MACCIH’s creation and track record, and the obstacles facing anti-corruption efforts in Honduras.

World Politics Review: What factors led to the creation of MACCIH, and what were some of the initial concerns regarding the mission’s ability to effectively pursue anti-corruption cases in Honduras? ...

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