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The Honorable Mr. Jean-Hugues Marie Luc Simon-Michel – Open Letter

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OPEN LETTER
CICIG AND THE CASE OF BITKOV FAMILY

 

Guatemala August 10, 2018

The Honorable Mr. Jean-Hugues Marie Luc Simon-Michel
Ambassador of the French Republic to Guatemala
The Embassy of the French Republic to Guatemala
5ª. avenida 8-59, zona 14, Edificio Cogefar
Guatemala, Guatemala.

Dear Honorable Ambassador,

We refer to the last developments in the United States regarding the case of our family that consists of three Russian immigrants: Igor Bitkov, Irina Bitkova, Anastasia Bitkova and the Guatemalan born Vladimir Bitkov (a Guatemalan citizen aged six). We would like to advise Your Excellency (As you country is one of those supporting CICIG in Guatemala) that the U.S. Helsinki Commission (Reference 1), the Committee of International Affairs of the Senate of US (Reference 2) and the creator of the Global Magnitsky Act – Bill Browder, as well as some US congressmen, have called for an investigation into the collusion between CICIG, Guatemalan judges, public prosecutors and the government of Russian Federation – that are responsible for executing continuous violations of human rights of all the members of our family.

The U.S. Congress has frozen U.S. financial support for CICIG (6 million dollars, reference 3 and 3.1), and it has been determined necessary that the General Inspector of the Government of US should form a team to lead a more extensive investigation into the activities of CICIG, especially into alleged collusion between Kremlin and CICIG in the political persecution of our family.

Therefore, we feel personally responsible to humbly ask Your Excellency to be prepared for surprises in respect to CICIG, judges, magistrates, prosecutors and lawyers that are involved in the “Bitkov” case, and that have culminated in the malign activities giving the prison sentences of 19 years for Igor Bitkov, 14 years for Irina Bitkova, 14 years for Anastasia Bitkova for supposed “passport violations”. The actions of the Guatemalan authorities also violated the human rights of our son, Vladimir. We believe that the truth about our case is finally going to come to light.

It is painfully obvious that CICIG has abused its mandate given by UN, which was intended to strengthen the Justice System in Guatemala, not to persecute families of immigrants like ours.

Thank you for your support.


IGOR BITKOV
IRINA BITKOVA
ANASTASIA BITKOVA
VLADIMIR BITKOV BITKOVA (6 YEARS OLD) 

(Reference 1)
Emergency audience of the Helsinki Commission on Friday, 27th of April of 2018 – 9:15am – Office Building of the house Rayburn, room 2172 – Washington, DC, United States

Source: https://www.csce.gov/international-impact/events/long-arm-injustice

(Reference 2)

Part I Audience of the Committee of International Affairs of the Senate of United States – 11th of July of  2018

Part II  Audience of the Committee of International Affairs of the Senate of United States – 11th of July of 2018

(Reference 3)
Citing Bitkov Family’s Mistreatment, Rubio Places Hold on U.S. Funds to International Commission on Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG)

Press Release Marco Rubio anuncia congelacion de fondos a CICIG por el caso Bitkov
Source: https://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?id=BE5449A5-C733-4179-8D91-9287A33E734D

(Reference 3.1)
The U.S. Congress has frozen U.S. financial support for CICIG (6 million dollars for the Bitkov case)

Adjunto Congelacion Fondos de EEUU para CICIG por el Caso Biktov

 

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