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High-Ranking Guatemalan Officers to Face Trial for 1981 Disappearance and Rape

LADB Article ID: 80153
Category/Department: Guatemala
Date: 2016-12-01
By: Louisa Reynolds

Five high-ranking military officers will face trial for the 1981 disappearance of 14-year-old Marco Antonio Molina Theissen and the detention and rape of his sister, Emma Guadalupe Molina Theissen, in accordance to an Oct. 25 ruling by Judge Víctor Herrera Ríos, who presides Guatemala’s High Risk Tribunal C. Prosecutors have been given a one-month deadline to gather the remaining evidence. The trial is set to begin on Dec. 9. The accused are Benedicto Lucas García, former deputy chief of staff of the Army; Antonio Callejas y Callejas, who was director of intelligence (known as G2); Francisco Luis Gordillo Martínez, who was the commander of the Quetzaltenango military zone; Edilberto Letona Linares, who was second-in-command at the Quetzaltenango military zone; and Hugo Ramiro Zaldaña, former head of intelligence of the Quetzaltenango military zone. They are between 78 and 84 years old. In 2000, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) held the Guatemalan state responsible for Marco Antonio’s abduction. Four years later, it ordered Guatemala to investigate the case and locate his remains. Thirty-five years after his disappearance, it is not known where he was taken, whether he was tortured, or where he was buried.

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