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Former Guatemala president admits to taking bribes from Taiwan
March 20, 2014
Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo pleaded guilty before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York Tuesday to taking $2.5 million in bribes from Taiwan in exchange for continued diplomatic recognition of the nation. Portillo read a statement before the court admitting to....... [more]

Guatemala ex-soldier sentenced to 10 years in US prison for ties to 1982 massacre
February 11, 2014
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 were killed. Orantes is....... [more]

Guatemala court to restart genocide trial of former dictator in January 2015
November 6, 2013
The genocide trial for former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt 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 by a three-judge....... [more]

War crimes trial over Guatemala massacre began
July 26, 2013
On July 26, 2011, four former Guatemalan soldiers pleaded not guilty to war crimes involving the Dos Erres massacre during the country's 36 year civil war. The four men argued that they were not stationed with the group that committed the war crimes at Dos Erres. The UN approved of the arrest of a t....... [more]

Guatemala ex-president pleads not guilty to money laundering charges
May 29, 2013
Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday. He is charged with having laundered more than $70 million through US banks during his four years as president. Portillo was extradite....... [more]

Guatemala court voids ex-dictator Rios Montt's genocide conviction
May 21, 2013
The Guatemala Constitutional Court on Tuesday overturned the genocide conviction of ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt 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, torture and rape of 1,771 indigenous Ixil....... [more]

UN urges continued commitment to justice in Guatemala after Rios Montt trial
May 16, 2013
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. Last Friday, a Guatemalan court sentenced Rios Montt to 80 years in p....... [more]

Guatemala court: government must apologize for acts of genocide
May 15, 2013
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 was in power. Montt was found guilty on Friday of the genocide, torture and rape of 1,771 Ixil Mayans....... [more]

Guatemala ex-dictator found guilty of genocide
May 11, 2013
Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt 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, who were deem....... [more]

New judge to preside over trial of Guatemala ex-dictator
April 24, 2013
The Guatemalan Constitutional Court on Tuesday ordered Judge Jasmine Barrios to annul the case of former Guatemalan dictator General Efrain Rios Montt over the genocide of Mayan Indians. The Constitutional Court also ordered the case sent back to Judge Carol Patricia Flores, who now has 24 to 48 ho....... [more]

Guatemala judge reverses suspension of trial against former president
April 20, 2013
Judge Jazmin Barrios, the Guatemala judge presiding over the trial of former president Efrain Rios Montt in Guatemala City, began the trial despite a prior ruling annulling the case. Judge Patricia Flores, who was recently reinstated to the case after being recused from it since February 2012, ruled....... [more]




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