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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,…