Court Indicts Senior Military Officials for Genocide

By Jo-Marie Burt and Paolo Estrada for International Justice Monitor.

On Monday,(25th Nov), Judge Miguel Ángel Gálvez of High Risk Court “B” ruled to approve the indictment involving charges of genocide and crimes against humanity against three members of the military high command of General Romeo Lucas García’s government, which lasted from 1978 to 1982. The judge ordered the Attorney General’s Office to continue its investigation and scheduled the start of evidentiary hearings for March 9, 2020.

Prosecutors allege that the defendants are responsible for the design and implementation of the Guatemalan army’s counter-insurgency strategy in the Ixil region. The army determined that the Ixil region was enemy territory and that its scorched-earth policies, which resulted in massacres and other grave crimes against the Maya Ixil population, were designed to eliminate the civilian population.

You can read the full piece, here, on the International Justice Monitor (IJM) website.

Categories: Gender, Genocide, Guatemala, Human Rights, Indigenous peoples, Justice, Legal, Military, Violence


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