Lourdes Álvarez Nájera has written in Prensa Comunitaria about the legal moves to bring ex-PAC members to court for crimes of sexual violence during the early 1980s.
In January of next year, the trial will begin against three former members of the Civil Self-Defense Patrols (PAC) accused of committing sexual violence between 1981 and 1985, against 36 indigenous Mayan Achi women. The Higher Risk Judge “B”, Miguel Ángel Gálvez, decided on Wednesday, March 24, that they must face oral and public debate.
Finally, a court and society will hear the testimonies of the Achi women from Rabinal, Baja Verapaz who, for more than 40 years, have waited to tell about the violence that ex-PAC and ex-military personnel carried out against them. This, after facing a series of delays in the judicial processes, announced the lawyer, Lucia Xiloj, representative of 29 women who are supported by the Rabinal Law Firm Association (ABJP).
Xiloj alluded to the intermediate stage hearing on June 21, 2019, when Judge Claudette Domínguez released former members of the military Bembenuto and Bernardo Ruiz Aquino, Damián Cuxum Alvarado, Pedro Sánchez Cortez, Simeón Enríquez Gómez and Félix Tum Ramírez.
The full piece, in Spanish, can be read here, Ex-PAC acusados de violencia sexual a mujeres Achi enfrentarán juicio en 2022.