A proposed temporary anti-crime tax has sparked mixed debate in Guatemala, where the justice system is so weak that a U.N. anti-impunity commission is lending a hand.
A group of experts suggested that the country institute a transitory tax to strengthen domestic prosecutors’ offices. Currently around 95 percent of crimes go unpunished in Guatemala.
Head of the U.N. commission, Iván Velásquez says a similar tax was imposed to finance the 1996 peace accords that ended 36 years of civil war in the country.
But Javier Zepeda, head of country’s leading industry association, opposes the establishment of any new taxes.
The country’s anti-crime and anti-corruption forces are riding high after the forced resignation of former president Otto Pérez Molina due to links to a corruption scandal.