11 thoughts on “The mass murders in Guatemala

  1. Hi. Thanks for the U-Tube video – it explains the political situation really well and
    furnishes the right background for my collection of poems (Voices from the Land of Trees,
    Smokestack, July 2007)about the silent holocaust of Guatemala. I hope that as many people
    as possible will understand what really went on.

  2. Colom cleared of lawyer’s murder

    Guatemala: A UN investigation has cleared Guatemala’s President Alvaro Colom of involvement in the murder of prominent lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg.

    Mr Rosenberg, who died in May, had warned in a video that he would be killed on the orders of the president, but investigators found that he had paid his own cousins to kill him without them knowing that he was the victim.

    Local press reports claim that Mr Rosenberg “may have planned his own death to try to topple Mr Colom,” who is the country’s first left-wing leader since 1954.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/85532

  3. Arrest warrant for former minister

    Guatemala: A court has issued arrest warrants for a former interior minister and a top police official for allegedly participating in the killing of inmates during a prison escape and uprising.

    Nineteen people are named in the warrants including former interior minister Carlos Vielmann and former national police director Erwin Sperissen.

    They are reportedly implicated in ordering the killing of seven inmates when police regained control of the country’s Pavon prison following an uprising there in 2007 and the execution of three inmates who escaped from the “El Infiernito” prison in 2005.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/93981

  4. Ex-leader faces charges of fraud

    Guatemala: A judge has ordered the arrest of former president Alfonso Portillo on embezzlement charges.

    He is accused of stealing £9.6 million from his country’s defence ministry.

    Mr Portillo, president from 2000-4, already faces trial in the US, where he is accused of embezzling $1.5m (£960,000) in foreign donations intended for school library books.

    His trial over the latest charges is set to begin in September.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/94298

  5. Ex-officer has hearing delayed

    GUATEMALA: Guatemala City judge has rescheduled a hearing to decide if former army general Hector Mario Lopez Fuentes will stand trial over dozens of massacres of indigenous people during the nation’s civil war.

    Judge Carol Flores pushed back the hearing to October 3 because the general was too ill to attend court.

    He was detained in June on charges that he ordered about 300 massacres when he was chief of staff of the Guatemalan military between 1982 and 1983.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/109823

  6. Fifth soldier jailed for 1982 massacre

    GUATEMALA: A former member of an elite US-backed Guatemalan military force was sentenced to 6,060 years in prison on Monday for his role in the killings of 201 people in a 1982 massacre.

    Pedro Pimentel Rios was the fifth former special forces soldier sentenced to 6,060 years or more for what became known as the Dos Erres massacre after the northern Guatemala hamlet, where the atrocity occurred during the country’s 1960-1996 civil war.

    The conflict claimed at least 200,000 lives before it ended in 1996.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/116543

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