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Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The UN International Commission Against Impunity [official website, in Spanish] reported [report, in Spanish] that approximately a quarter of the money used for Guatemalan political campaigns is from criminal groups. The main criminal group being drug traffickers. The report also indicated that government contractors themselves contribute to more than … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

London's Metropolitan Police [official website] announced Tuesday that it has arrested Rwanda National Intelligence and Security Services head Karenzi Karake on an international warrant for war crimes. The European Arrest Warrant [materials] was issued in 2008 [JURIST report] by Spanish High Court Judge Fernando Andreu for Karake's alleged role [El … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Hundreds of individuals on Wednesday filed suit [complaint, PDF] for medical malpractice against Johns Hopkins University [university website] for its role in government medical experiments that took place in Guatemala in the 1940s and 50s. During this time, individuals were deliberately infected with venereal diseases, including syphilis and gonorrhea, … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish; JURIST news archive] was released from a US prison on Wednesday after serving a sentence for taking bribes from Taiwan. Federal prosecutors charged Portillo with using US banks and institutions to launder money. Portillo was arrested in 2010 on embezzlement … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A Guatemalan court on Monday convicted a former police official for the killings of 37 people when the Spanish Embassy burned down during the country's civil conflict in 1980. Pedro Garcia Arredondo, a former special investigations chief for the Sixth Commando of the National Police, was sentenced [NYT report] … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The retrial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity was delayed on Monday. Two of the three judges on the panel accepted the defense's motion that the third judge, Judge Jeannette Valdez, should recuse herself from the trial … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Former El Salvador President Francisco Flores was taken into custody on Saturday after a court repealed his house arrest. Francisco is being held as he awaits trial on charges of corruption and embezzling More than USD $15 million, part of which is alleged to have come as aid from … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jun 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Obama administration [official website] on Friday announced [press release] that it would boost the ranks of immigration judges, lawyers and asylum officers to decrease the flow of undocumented children into the country. According to homeland security deputy director Alejandro Mayorkas [official profile], 52,000 unaccompanied children arrived on the … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Congress of the Republic of Guatemala [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday approved a non-binding resolution denying any existence of genocide during the civil war lasting from 1960-1996. The resolution [AP report] calls for national reconciliation and states: "It is legally impossible ... that genocide could have occurred … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish; JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] Tuesday to taking $2.5 million in bribes from Taiwan in exchange for continued diplomatic recognition of the nation. Portillo read a … [read more]


Legal News
12 Feb 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Spain's Parliament [official website] on Tuesday approved a bill [press release, in Spanish] that will diminish the powers of Spanish courts to pursue cases of genocide and other crimes against humanity committed abroad. The bill [text, PDF, in Spanish] includes a clause to halt current investigations, including the arrest … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Monday sentenced former Guatemalan soldier Jorge Sosa Orantes to a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for lying on his immigration forms about his role in a 1982 massacre in which around 200 people … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The genocide trial for former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] will continue in January 2015, according to a Guatemalan court official. In May Rios Montt was found guilty of the genocide, torture and rape of 1,771 indigenous Ixil Mayans during his 1982-83 rule and was sentenced … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A court in Ecuador on Tuesday began the country's first trial for crimes against humanity. Attorney General Galo Chiriboga charged [El Comercio report, in Spanish] nine army officers and a police general with the torture, sexual violence and forced disappearance of three opponents of the government in 1985. The … [read more]


Features
19 Jul 2013

Even since human slavery was officially banned through the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, human trafficking continues to present an ongoing problem in the US and abroad. The US State Department reports [PDF] that between two to four million individuals are trafficked worldwide annually, with at least 17,500 of … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo [JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official site] on Tuesday. He is charged [indictment, PDF] with having laundered more than $70 million through US banks during his four … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Guatemala Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday overturned the genocide conviction of ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] and ordered the trial to resume from the point that it was stopped on April 19. Earlier this month Rios Montt was found guilty of the genocide, … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A group of UN experts on Wednesday encouraged Guatemalan authorities to continue to seek the establishment of internal and transitional "truth and justice" in the wake of the trial of Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive]. Last Friday, a Guatemalan court sentenced Rios Montt to 80 … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] A Guatemalan court on Monday ordered the government to apologize to the Ixil Maya, an indigenous people, for acts of genocide that were committed against them when former dictator Efrain Rios Montt [BBC profile; JURIST news archives] was in power. Montt was found guilty [JURIST report] on Friday of … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] was found guilty Friday of the genocide, torture and rape of 1,771 indigenous Ixil Mayans during his 1982-83 rule. The court found that Rios Montt was responsible for commanding his military forces to kill 5.5 percent of the Ixil population, … [read more]

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