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Trial of Guatemala's Rios Montt delayed to 2015

Guatemala City, Nov 6 (EFE).- The retrial of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity will not begin until January 2015, the Guatemalan court hearing the case informed the parties. Originally set for April 2014, the process was postponed "for scheduling reasons," attorney Hector Reyes, representing the Center for Legal Action on Human Rights, told reporters. The trial court "has many pending cases," a source in the Guatemalan judiciary told Efe.

Guatemala genocide trial rescheduled for 2015

The genocide trial of Guatemala's former dictator Efrain Rios Montt has been scheduled to resume January 5, 2015, authorities said. The still distant date "is due to the crammed agenda of the court," said Hector Reyes, an attorney for families of victims. Rios Montt, now 87, went on trial in March on charges of ordering the massacre of indigenous Ixil Maya people in the 1980s as part of a scorched-earth policy in the most brutal chapter of a 36-year civil war that ended in 1996.

Guatemala high court confirms overturning of Rios Montt verdict

Guatemala City, May 28 (EFE).- The Guatemalan Constitutional Court on Tuesday upheld its May 20 decision overturning former dictator Efrain Rios Montt's conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity. The CC rejected four motions submitted by the Attorney General's Office and plaintiffs' lawyers, a judicial spokesman told reporters. Rios Montt, 86, was sentenced May 10 to 80 years in prison for the deaths of 1,771 Ixil Indians between March 1982 and August 1983 as part of a counter-insurgency campaign.

Guatemalans protest overturning of ex-dictator's conviction

Guatemala City, May 24 (EFE).- Thousands marched in this capital on Friday to protest the Guatemalan Constitutional Court's overturning of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt's conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity. Survivors and families of the victims of military repression led the procession. Rios Montt was sentenced two weeks ago to 80 years in prison for the deaths of 1,771 Ixil Indians between March 1982 and August 1983 as part of a counter-insurgency campaign.

Guatemala high court overturns ex-strongman's conviction

Guatemala City, May 21 (EFE).- Guatemala's Constitutional Court overturned former dictator Efrain Rios Montt's genocide conviction and ordered a partial retrial. Rios Montt was sentenced to 80 years in prison for the deaths of 1,771 Ixil Indians between March 1982 and August 1983 as part of a counter-insurgency campaign. By a vote of 3-2, the Constitutional Court threw out the verdict and the sentence - as well as the acquittal of another defendant - and ordered the trial court to repeat the segment of the process that took place between April 19 and May 10.

Guatemala's top court annuls Rios Montt genocide conviction

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala's highest court on Monday overturned a genocide conviction against former dictator Efrain Rios Montt and reset his trial back to when a dispute broke out a month ago over who should hear the case. Rios Montt was found guilty on May 10 of overseeing the killings by the armed forces of at least 1,771 members of the Maya Ixil population during his 1982-83 rule. He was sentenced to 80 years in prison. It was unclear when the trial might restart.

Guatemalan ex-dictator hospitalized after genocide conviction

Guatemala City, May 13 (EFE).- Guatemalan former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, facing 80 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity, was hospitalized Monday after collapsing on his way to a court hearing, his lawyer said. Rios Montt fell ill while being transported from Matamoros prison, where he taken last Friday after the verdict, to a courtroom in the capital, attorney Francisco Garcia Gudiel told Efe. The 86-year-old retired general was rushed to the Military Hospital.

Guatemalan ex-dictator denies being 'genocidal'

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt denied charges he ordered a massacre of indigenous people during his 1982-1983 regime, as he testified for the first time at his genocide trial. "I declare myself innocent," the 86-year-old told the court after asking to take the stand in the final arguments of his landmark trial. "I never had the intention, the aim to destroy any national ethnic group," he said. "I am not genocidal." Rio Montt denied the prosecution's charge that he authorized military plans to exterminate the Ixil Maya population.

US sees Guatemala genocide verdict as reconciliation chance

The United States sees Guatemala's genocide conviction of ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt as a chance for the Central American nation to move toward reconciliation, a US official said Saturday. "We note the decision of the Guatemalan court and reaffirm the importance of a strong and transparent justice system as an essential component of democracy," a State Department spokesperson told AFP by email.

Guatemalan ex-strongman vows to appeal genocide verdict

Guatemala City, May 11 (EFE).- Guatemalan ex-strongman Efrain Rios Montt has vowed to appeal his 80-year sentence for genocide and crimes against humanity, insisting he is innocent and that the trial was an "international political show." "It's an international political show that will affect the heart and soul of the Guatemalan people, but we're at peace because we never spilled or stained our hands with the blood of our brothers," Rios Montt told journalists after Friday's verdict was handed down and before being taken to a military barracks that serves as a prison.
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