Guatemala Court Rules to Curb Crusader

MEXICO CITY — Guatemalan politics were thrown into disarray on Thursday after the country’s highest court ruled that the crusading attorney general, Claudia Paz y Paz, must step down in May, seven months before her four-year term was to end.

The ruling on Wednesday by the Constitutional Court was condemned by local and international human rights organizations, who said it was a victory for groups that opposed Ms. Paz y Paz’s dogged prosecutions of organized crime and of retired military officers accused of rights violations, including the former dictator Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt.

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