Another Senior Military Official Indicted on Genocide Charges in Guatemala

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

Last week, a Guatemalan court indicted another senior military official accused of genocide and crimes against humanity against the Maya Ixil population. The official, retired army general Luis Enrique Mendoza García, was the third in command of the Guatemalan army during the government of dictator Efraín Ríos Montt (1982-1983).

Mendoza García is the fourth top military official indicted in recent weeks. In November, a pretrial court indicted Benedicto Lucas Garcia, Manuel Callejas y Callejas, and Cesar Noguera Argueta in a separate case of genocide, also against the Maya Ixil. Those charges relate to events during the government prior to that of Ríos Montt, led by General Fernando Romeo Lucas García (1978-1982).

Originally accused in 2011 along with Ríos Montt and other members of the High Command, Mendoza García eluded arrest and was a fugitive until June of this year. He was arrested when he went to cast his vote during Guatemala’s general elections.

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, Rios Montt, Violence

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