Guatemala's former military dictator to stand trial for genocide

Former Guatemalan military dictator Efrain Rios Montt (photo:dpa)
Former Guatemalan military dictator Efrain Rios Montt (photo:dpa)

Guatemala has made history in Central America. For the first time a Latin American court will try a former military dictator on charges of genocide. Human rights advocates have welcomed the decision by a Guatemalan judge to put Efrain Rios Montt on trial for alleged crimes committed during the country’s civil war. They believe it could set a precedent, not just in Guatemala and neighbouring countries, but also in other parts of the world.

WHEN Guatemalan judge, Miguel Angel Galvez, ruled that former military dictator, Efrain Rios Montt, should stand trial for genocide and crimes against humanity, it sent shock waves throughout Central America.

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