An activist holds a sing that reads in Spanish ‘Thanks CICIG’ at the United Nations International Commission Against Impunity headquarters in Guatemala City [File: Moises Castillo/AP Photo]

Guatemala‘s highest court ordered an immediate halt on Monday to a controversial commission of inquiry into the work of a United Nations-backed anti-corruption body.

During its 12 years operating in the country, the UN-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) worked alongside Guatemalan prosecutors to pursue high-profile corruption cases, including bringing down a sitting president in 2015.

CICIG retained the support of 70 percent of the population, according to polls, but the government shut it down on September 3 after two years of backlash over its investigations into president Jimmy Morales, his party, relatives and

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