And when will there be justice for his US patrons and accomplices?
Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Found Guilty of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
Saturday, 11 May 2013 09:15By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers | Report
Efrain Rios Montt.The former Guatemalan military dictator Gen. Efrain Rios Montt at a hearing in Guatemala City, January 31, 2013. (Photo: Victor J. Blue / The New York Times)Mexico City – A three-judge panel Friday convicted former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt of genocide, saying his military regime used “extreme terror” in an effort to wipe out a Mayan minority ethnic group in the early 1980s.
In a packed courtroom in Guatemala City, Judge Yassmin Barrios said investigators had proven that the regime led by Rios Montt, who is 86, used starvation, mass homicide, dislocation, rape and aerial bombardment as tactics to exterminate the Ixil minority, which it believed to harbor leftist guerrillas.
Barrios gave Rios Montt a 50-year jail term for genocide and an additional 30 years for crimes against humanity.
When Barrios read the sentence, cheers erupted in the courtroom, a sign of the high emotions surrounding the trial, which deeply divided Guatemala and drew attention in other Latin American nations with a history of military dictatorships.
The conviction marked the first time a former Guatemalan military strongman known for “scorched earth” tactics to eradicate leftist guerrillas had been found guilty of genocide and ordered to prison.