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Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt battles genocide charges

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt denied charges he ordered a massacre of indigenous people during his 1982-1983 regime, as he testified for the first time at his genocide trial. “I declare myself innocent,” the 86-year-old told the court after asking to take the stand in the final arguments of…

Genocide trial against former dictator begins in Guatemala

A genocide trial started Tuesday against former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who is accused of presiding over one of the bloodiest chapters of his country’s brutal civil war. Judge Jazmin Barrios opened the proceedings despite attempts by the defense team to postpone the trial against the 86-year-old former strongman,…

Guatemalan ex-soldiers get 12,060 years in prison each

A Guatemalan court sentenced four former military officers to 12,060 years in prison each for the slaughter of more than 200 civilians in 1982 during the country’s civil war. “This court unanimously declared the accused as perpetrators of murder. For this crime, a sentence of 30 years in prison for…

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