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Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt’s Genocide Trial Resumes After Two Weeks of Uncertainty

LADB Article ID: 78978
Category/Department: Guatemala
Date: 2013-05-09
By: Louisa Reynolds

The genocide trial against former dictator Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt (1982-1983) and his former chief of intelligence José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez was suspended for 12 days and then went into a recess following a dispute over representation for the defense. After two weeks of uncertainty, Presiding Judge Jazmín Barrios resumed the trial and reinstated Ríos Montt’s defense lawyer, who had been thrown out on the trial’s first day for having a conflict of interest with one of the judges. Despite the setbacks, Ixil Mayas who survived the massacres perpetrated by the Guatemalan Army in the highland department of Quiché during Ríos Montt’s brutal dictatorship have not lost faith in the justice system. "Ríos Montt is shaking with fear. He’s nervous because his lawyers have been unable to halt the trial.

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