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Guatemalan high court suspends genocide trial of ex-dictator

Guatemala City, May 4 (EFE).- Guatemala's Constitutional Court has ordered the temporary suspension of the genocide trial of former strongman Efrain Rios Montt and co-defendant Jose Rodriguez, a spokesman for the tribunal said Saturday. The justices ordered the trial be put on hold pending a final ruling on an injunction request filed by Rios Montt's chief counsel, Francisco Garcia Gudiel, the spokesman told reporters. That definitive ruling is expected to be issued next week.

Genocide trial of Guatemalan ex-dictator to resume

A Guatemalan court decided Tuesday to resume the genocide trial against former dictator Efrain Rios Montt this week, 11 days after it was suspended for technical reasons, angering rights groups. The proceedings against Rios Montt, who is accused of being behind the massacre of indigenous people during the country's civil war in the 1980s, will continue on Thursday, said court president Jazmin Barrios. The trial had been suspended by another judge on April 19 over procedural matters.

Genocide trial of ex-dictator resumes in Guatemala

Guatemala City, Apr 30 (EFE).- The genocide trial of former strongman Efrain Rios Montt resumed here Tuesday after Guatemala's Constitutional Court said the case could proceed. The trial began last month, but on April 18, magistrate Carol Patricia Flores ordered the proceedings halted, citing a Supreme Court ruling that mandated the correction of ostensible judicial errors at an earlier stage of the process.

Judge in Guatemala's Rios Montt case to be investigated

Guatemala City, Apr 28 (EFE).- The judge presiding over the trial of retired Guatemalan Gen. Efrain Rios Montt will be investigated for abuse of authority and violating the constitution, a high-level official said. Judge Jazmin Barrios will be investigated at the request of attorney Francisco Garcia, Supreme Court Criminal Chamber chief justice Mynor Franco told reporters.

Judge vows Guatemala genocide trial will go on

A judge in the genocide trial of Guatemala's former strongman Efrain Rios Montt has declared she will not follow the "illegal" order of another jurist who threw out the case. "We are not obligated to follow orders which are manifestly illegal, and no public official is above the law," presiding judge Jazmin Barrios declared in court on Friday. The case against Rios Montt was thrown into turmoil after Judge Carol Patricia Flores -- who had earlier recused herself -- annulled the case on a technicality in a surprise move on Thursday.

Rios Montt genocide trial up in air as Guatemalan judges squabble

By Mike McDonald GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - The genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt was mired in uncertainty on Friday as judges squabbled over who should hear the case following an order to annul nearly 18 months of proceedings. The trial was suspended on Thursday when Judge Patricia Flores, who was originally assigned to the case, ruled all actions taken since she was recused in November 2011 were void, citing an order from the country's top courts.

Ex-dictator's genocide trial suspended in Guatemala

Guatemala City, Apr 19 (EFE).- A court in the Guatemalan capital decided on Friday to suspend the genocide trial of former strongman Efrain Rios Montt while vowing to fight another court's "illegal" move to quash the case. "The tribunal unanimously suspends the session awaiting the Constitutional Court's decision" on the order to stop the trial, chief judge Jazmin Barrios said.

Halt to genocide trial in Guatemala is blow to victims - U.N.

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights office voiced alarm on Friday at the suspension of the genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, calling it a blow to victims of atrocities who have waited decades for justice. Guatemalan authorities must ensure that his "emblematic" trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, proceeds fairly, it said. It is the first trial against a head of state for genocide by a national court, the U.N. said.

Guatemala judge drops ex-dictator's genocide trial

The current genocide trial against ex-Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt was dropped Thursday in a surprise legal move, but a judge is likely to launch fresh proceedings, officials said. The development, blamed on procedural technicalities, will delay public deliberations over events that have divided the country for 30 years. The 86-year-old retired general, who insists he was not aware the army was committing massacres, is accused of ordering the execution of 1,771 members of the Ixil Maya people in the Quiche region during his 1982-1983 regime.

Judge suspends genocide trial of Guatemala's Rios Montt

By Mike McDonald GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - A judge suspended the genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt on Thursday, saying all actions taken since November 2011 are void in the case of the retired general charged with war crimes. Judge Patricia Flores told a court in Guatemala City that the order had come from the country's top courts to suspend the trial because she had been wrongly removed from the case, prompting complaints that the ruling made a mockery of justice.
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