Appeals Court Upholds Suspension of Ríos Montt Genocide Trial

“The retrial trial against former head of state General José Efraín Ríos Montt and his former chief of intelligence (“G2”) General Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity against the Maya Ixil population has been definitively suspended.”

Jo-Marie Burt writes in the International Justice Monitor website.

“The First Court of Appeals (Sala Primera de Apelaciones) has upheld its earlier provisional ruling granting an amparo (a protective measure similar to a writ of habeas corpus) presented by the civil parties to the case, the Center for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH) and the Justice and Reconciliation Association (AJR), claiming that the proceedings violated Guatemalan law. CALDH and AJR argued that the proceedings were illegal and should be split into two separate trials.

The provisional ruling handed down by the First Court of Appeals on May 6 upheld the CALDH-AJR appeal and resulted in a suspension of the genocide trial, which began on March 19, after many long delays. This definitive ruling confirms that earlier decision. Though this represents a further delay in seeing justice done in the genocide case, the civil party organizations argued it was necessary given that conducting a trial under an illegal format would have inevitably resulted in a mistrial or a suspension of the proceedings.”

You can read the full article here.

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Categories: Genocide, Guatemala, Human Rights, Indigenous peoples, Rios Montt

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