Jan 28, 2012

Judge rules that Guatemala's former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt must face charges of genocide and crimes against humanity

January 27, 2012

Source: Guardian UK

By Rory Carroll

Human rights groups celebrated on Friday after a court in  Guatemala ruled that the former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, who presided over one of Latin America's bloodiest civil wars, will face trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. After a day-long hearing, Judge Carol Patricia Flores Blanco ruled on Thursday that there was sufficient evidence linking Ríos Montt to the massacre of 1,700 indigenous people during his 17-month rule in 1982 and 1983.

Members of the Ixil tribe, which suffered horrific atrocities at the hands of the army, said they had waited decades for this moment but expressed disappointment that the retired general was placed under house arrest rather than jailed.

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