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Former Guatemala police official convicted in 1980 Spanish embassy siege
January 20, 2015
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 t....... [more]

Guatemala court postpones ex-dictator's genocide retrial
January 6, 2015
The retrial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt 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 on the grounds t....... [more]

White House to increase processing and deportation of undocumented children
June 22, 2014
The Obama administration on Friday announced 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, 52,000 unaccompanied children arrived on t....... [more]

Guatemala lawmakers approve resolution denying genocide during civil war
May 16, 2014
The Congress of the Republic of Guatemala on Tuesday approved a non-binding resolution denying any existence of genocide during the civil war lasting from 1960-1996. The resolution calls for national reconciliation and states: "It is legally impossible ... that genocide could have occurred in our co....... [more]

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]




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