US suspends some military aid to Guatemala over vehicle use

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The United States (US) Defence Department has suspended military aid to Guatemalan police over the questionable use of armoured vehicles donated by Washington, officials said on Thursday.

The US Embassy said via text message that since August, Guatemala’s Interior Ministry “has repeatedly used (the vehicles) in an incorrect way”.

Therefore, it continued the department “has ceased transfer of equipment and training to the task forces”, which are under the purview of the Interior Ministry and are charged with things like border enforcement and fighting smuggling and crime.

It added that future support for Guatemala’s Ministry of Defence will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

An armed army vehicle patrols in front of the United Nations International Commission Against Impunity, CICIG, headquarters in Guatemala City. – AP