Guatemala congress to review anti-corruption body's work

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales waves to reporters accompanied by first lady Patricia Marroquin as they arrive to the National Palace for the independence day celebration in Guatemala City, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. Guatemala and Central America are celebrating 198 years of independence from Spain. (AP Photo/ Oliver de Ros)

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's congress has created a committee to review, and potentially reverse, work done by a U.N.-backed anti-corruption mission during the past 12 years.

The committee approved Tuesday would have the power to evaluate information from anyone affected by the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala. It could file complaints, review the commission's financing and request personal information from people who worked on the commission.

The commission ceased its work earlier this month after President Jimmy Morales refused to renew its mandate. Activists and some judges had expressed concern that the government would seek to criminalize its work. The commission investigated and helped prosecute and convict hundreds of people.

The proposal was slipped into the congress' business Tuesday without appearing on the day's agenda.