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Court Confirms Overturning Dictator’s Genocide Conviction in Guatemala

Court Confirms Overturning Dictator’s Genocide Conviction in Guatemala

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. continue reading »

Alfonso Portillo, Former Guatemalan President Extradited to U.S., Money Laundering Charges

Alfonso Portillo, Former Guatemalan President Extradited to U.S., Money Laundering Charges

DEA officials today announced the extradition of Alfonso Portillo, the former President of Guatemala, who is charged with conspiring to launder millions of dollars he embezzled from the Government of Guatemala through bank accounts located in the United States. continue reading »

Ex-Dictator’s Overturned Conviction Leads to Large Protests in Guatemala

Ex-Dictator’s Overturned Conviction Leads to Large Protests in Guatemala

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. continue reading »

Guatemalan Ex-President Alfonso Portillo is Extradited to U.S.

Guatemalan Ex-President Alfonso Portillo is Extradited to U.S.

Alfonso Portillo, who was Guatemala's president from 2000-2004, was extradited Friday to the United States to face money laundering charges. He was handed over to U.S. agents at a military airfield and then boarded a government aircraft to be taken to New York. continue reading »

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Rios Montt Guilty Verdict Overturned by Constitutional Court

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Rios Montt Guilty Verdict Overturned by Constitutional Court

Guatemala's Constitutional Court overturned former dictator Efrain Rios Montt's genocide conviction and ordered a partial retrial. continue reading »

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Hospitalized After Guilty Verdict Causes Collapse

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Hospitalized After Guilty Verdict Causes Collapse

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. continue reading »

Kidnapped Guatemalans Found Safe After Being Taken Off Bus

Kidnapped Guatemalans Found Safe After Being Taken Off Bus

The driver and assistant operating a bus, along with two passengers, who had been kidnapped by armed men in southeastern Guatemala on the weekend were found alive on a mountain, authorities said. continue reading »

Former Dictator Vows to Appeal Genocide Verdict in Guatemala

Former Dictator Vows to Appeal Genocide Verdict in Guatemala

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." continue reading »

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Receives 80-Year Sentence

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Receives 80-Year Sentence

Guatemalan former strongman Efrain Rios Montt was convicted Friday of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced to 80 years in prison. continue reading »

Constitutional Court Suspends Genocide Trial of Ex-Dictator in Guatemala

Constitutional Court Suspends Genocide Trial of Ex-Dictator in Guatemala

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. continue reading »

Second Immigrant Commits Suicide at Detention Center Within a Week

Second Immigrant Commits Suicide at Detention Center Within a Week

Activists described as alarming Friday the fact that two Guatemalan immigrants died in less than a week at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Arizona. continue reading »

Activist Sound Alarm as Two Undocumented Guatemalan Immigrants Die in Custody

Activist Sound Alarm as Two Undocumented Guatemalan Immigrants Die in Custody

Activistas described as alarming Friday the fact that two Guatemalan immigrants died in less than a week at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Arizona. "I'm concerned that there is no way for independent groups to verify what is happening inside these detention centers. continue reading »

State of Siege Imposed on Eastern Guatemala

State of Siege Imposed on Eastern Guatemala

President Otto Perez Molina imposed a state of siege on four municipalities in the eastern part of the country following the abduction of 23 police officers and the killing of another cop, the Guatemalan government said Thursday. continue reading »

Guatemala’s Mayan-Inspired Time Capsule to Open in 2065

Guatemala’s Mayan-Inspired Time Capsule to Open in 2065

Taking a page book out of the Mayan's Guatemala has launched a time capsule that will not be opened until 52 years from now. The marble time capsule will contain messages from leading thinkers in Guatemala to describe society today. continue reading »

‘Martyr for Peace’ Remembered on15th Anniversary of the Priests Brutal Murder

‘Martyr for Peace’ Remembered on15th Anniversary of the Priests Brutal Murder

Guatemala's Catholic Church marked Friday's 15th anniversary of the brutal murder of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi by remembering the slain cleric as a peace activist and defender of human rights. Gerardi was a "martyr for peace" who devoted himself to Guatemala's downtrodden peasants and indigenous people, Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian said in a service at Guatemala City's Metropolitan Cathedral. continue reading »