Finding Oscar: Ex-Guatemalan Commando Guilty of Concealing Role in Massacre

By  Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica, Oct. 1, 2013, 5:25 p.m. Republished with permission from ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter. RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A federal jury convicted a former Guatemalan army lieutenant Tuesday of immigration fraud, finding that he obtained U.S. citizenship in 2008 by concealing his role in the massacre… Continue reading Finding Oscar: Ex-Guatemalan Commando Guilty of Concealing Role in Massacre

Finding Oscar: ‘They Ordered Us To Kill All The People’

[pullquote align=”right”]By  Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica, Sep. 30, 2013, 9 a.m. Republished with permission from ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter. [/pullquote] RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Shaken by sobs, his head bowed, a former Guatemalan commando testified last week that he wept as he hurled a little boy to his death in… Continue reading Finding Oscar: ‘They Ordered Us To Kill All The People’

Finding Oscar: In U.S. Trial of Massacre Suspect, a Rare Chance for Guatemalan Justice

[pullquote align=”right”]By  Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica, Sep. 24, 2013, 12:29 p.m. Republished with permission from ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.[/pullquote] In a historic case with international repercussions, a federal trial begins today in Southern California of a former Guatemalan military officer accused of playing a lead role in the massacre… Continue reading Finding Oscar: In U.S. Trial of Massacre Suspect, a Rare Chance for Guatemalan Justice

Rios Montt Found Guilty of Genocide

Late is indeed better than never. For the first time in history, a former head of state was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity in a national court. Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, 86, was sentenced to 80 years in prison for his role in the genocide of more than 1,700 indigenous… Continue reading Rios Montt Found Guilty of Genocide

Via BoingBoing: Xeni Jardin is blogging the Rios Montt genocide trial from inside the Supreme Court in Guatemala City. Here’s a great summary of Day 18.

Guatemala: Rios Montt genocide trial, day 18. “If I don’t control the Army, why am I here?”

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Rios Montt, 1980s Guatemalan Dictator, on Trial for Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity

There’s a landmark trial underway now in Guatemala –Friday (05-Apr) was day 10– where Jose Efrain Rios Montt, the general who ruled Guatemala for 17 months during 1982 and 1983, faces charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. This is the first time a former head of state has been prosecuted for genocide in a… Continue reading Rios Montt, 1980s Guatemalan Dictator, on Trial for Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity