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Guilty of Genocide: Guatemalan Dictator Sentenced to 80 Years in Jail

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Ríos Montt was convicted of overseeing the slaughter of more than 1,700 people in Guatemala's Ixil region.

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Jason S (50)
Monday May 13, 2013, 7:23 pm
Good posting, thanks

Past Member (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 7:46 pm

Sue Matheson (79)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:04 pm

Sue Matheson (79)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:05 pm

Stan B (123)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 12:56 am

Ellen m (215)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 1:01 am
Now I must wonder if the US had any part in Montt's "seizing power"., and if we own any culpability in these death's.
Seeing as we were/are an "ally", I'm sure we had a covert hand in some part of it :-(

Ellen m (215)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 1:13 am
I didn't have to farther than Wikipedia for some answers, and I found it amazing he was allowed to hold an office, which gave him immunity frim these and other charges.
I commend the government for swooping down on him as soon as that immunity ran out.
And yes, it said "Ríos Montt had, at times, had close ties to the United States, receiving direct and indirect support from certain of its agencies, including the CIA."

Go figure. When wil we stop this goddamn meddling? !

Carol D (346)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 1:20 am
Good enough!

*****ALLAN NAIRN: Well, this was a breakthrough for the idea of enforcing the murder laws, a breakthrough for indigenous people against racism and for human civilization, because you can’t really claim to be civilized unless you can enforce the law against the most basic taboo: murder. And when the murders are committed by people at the top, usually they get away with it. Even in recent years, when there’s been some progress internationally, through institutions like the International Criminal Court, in prosecuting former heads of state, generals, for atrocities, almost always the only ones who get prosecuted are those who have lost the power struggle, those who no longer hold onto the reins of power or are no longer backed by the elites. But this case was different. In this case, a conviction was obtained against a general who represented the elite that triumphed, the military and the oligarchs who were responsible for perhaps up to a quarter million civilian murders, especially in the 1980s. Those are the people who still rule Guatemala. Yet, one of their number, General Ríos Montt, has now been convicted, because this was a prosecution that was initiated from below. And I don’t know of a case where that’s ever been done before. And this could be the beginning of something very big. I think this will be remembered for 500 years.

Maybe the tide is turning around the world for the elite to be brought to justice! We can only hope and pray this is the case!! This is a very long and interesting article Cal! Guatemala is such a beautiful country! We were there back in 1976 and I am sure it has progressed since then but the roads were very narrow on the Mt's and we were on a tour bus that could not get up the Mt. road to the top because of too many people in the bus so we all had to get out and walk to the top so the bus could make it up!! Beautiful and wonderful people too! Thanks!

Carol D (346)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 1:24 am
*****And it wasn’t an armed confrontation, because the villagers were unarmed. The soldiers were armed with American and Israeli weapons. The villagers were not. It was straight-up murder. It was part of a strategy that had been developed in conjunction with the U.S. In fact, the U.S. military attaché in Guatemala at the time, Colonel George Maynes, told me that this village—that he, himself, had helped develop this village sweep tactic. There was a U.S. trainer there, American Green Beret, who was training the military, and this is, in his words, how to destroy towns. And that’s what they did. And now Ríos Montt has been convicted for it.

Carol D (346)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 1:35 am
ALLAN NAIRN: Well, now this—now that Ríos Montt has been convicted for the actions that the Guatemalan army took in the highlands, the next logical step is to look at those who were implementing the plan of Ríos Montt. And the field commander on the ground at that time in the Ixil region was Pérez Molina, who is now the president. With the ruling of the judge, this is more than just a logical conclusion that Pérez Molina should be investigated. It’s now a legal mandate from the court, because the court said that the attorney general of Guatemala is ordered to investigate everyone who could have been involved in the crimes for which Ríos Montt was convicted.

When I met Pérez Molina in '82, his troops were in the midst of a series of massacres, and the troops described how they would go into villages and execute civilians and torture civilians. At one point, one of the discussions with Pérez Molina took place as we were standing over the bodies of four guerrillas who the—his troops had captured. One of the soldiers said they had turned them over to Pérez Molina for interrogation after one of them had set off a grenade. The soldier said, "Well, they didn't want to say anything in their interrogation." Another soldier told me that they, the military, had in fact finished those troops off. So, Pérez Molina is a definite logical target for criminal investigation, although at this moment, as president, he still enjoys legal immunity. But that lapses as soon as he leaves an official position.

Carol D (346)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 1:53 am
I suggest anyone who is interested to read the whole article!! It's very good and the US was involved in supporting these people with money, training and etc; which means records and people could be asked for in the investigation down there. This investigation is still going on and will for a long time it looks like!!!

Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 4:45 am
Good now what about Bush?

Mike M (43)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 5:02 am
One of many all over the world

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 5:26 am
I think he might have the current presidents assistance in this matter.

Deborah W (6)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 5:39 am
Punishment will never equal the crime. (If you have time google GENOCIDE: WORSE THAN WAR -- a full length documentary from PBS which will explain why.)

Tuesday May 14, 2013, 6:10 am
Thank you, Cal!

. (0)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 6:44 am
How about going after all the austerity economists; armament suppliers and every one who profited from this?
This guy is certainly guilty but like Pinochet before him and Sukharto before him it was the Chicago boys and their ilk; the IMF and the WCB who encouraged and exhorted him to do this and profited greatly through the austerity economics of globalism and now Corporatism - its bastard child. Of course the real criminals will never be prosecuted unless they fall afoul of the global cartel.

Winn Adams (179)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 7:16 am
Jail is way to good for him. Karma is a real bitch.

. (0)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 7:25 am
He should be jailed for life.

Frances Darcy (143)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 7:31 am
Good article

Robert K (31)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 8:23 am
Now if only we'd do the right thing and indict Bush and Cheney as war criminals....

John De Avalon (36)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 9:30 am
Perhaps these 'justice trials' bringing political leaders to account years later will make tyrants and despots all over the world think twice about their conduct...

S S (0)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 11:13 am
Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 1:12 pm
Damn all dictators!

Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 4:48 pm
Good , thanks !

Joy Catalan (95)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 6:02 pm
any power greedy person (dictator) will not be brave enough to commit such activity (heinous crime so to speak) without the backing of influential person, entity or state.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 6:45 pm

Leann Wells Huber (0)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 9:07 pm
YES!!! This should happen all over the world!!!

Cathe romano (52)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 9:34 pm
I totally agree with Leann, genocide should not be tolerated by any country or it's leaders.

Lynn Squance (235)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 11:21 pm
Another soldier told me that they, the military, had in fact finished those troops off. So, Pérez Molina is a definite logical target for criminal investigation, although at this moment, as president, he still enjoys legal immunity. But that lapses as soon as he leaves an official position.

Since Molina's crimes occurred before he took office, if the investigation shows complicity, that should preclude him from immunity in my non legal estimation. It should also give rise to ousting him office so he can do no more damage. But being part of the oligarchy, I doubt that will ever happen.

And then there is the involvement of the US. Should they be charged with aiding and abetting genocide? The current US administration has not sought to even investigate Baby Bush and Chickenhawk Cheney for war crimes, so I question whether it will cooperate with something that goes back 30 years. Personally, I think that they should go back if for no other reason than the country owning up to its involvement and setting the record straight.

Molina sure knows how to dance around questions from Fernando del Rincón Given that he is likely the next target for investigation, he is quick to suggest that this is just a lower court judgement. It almost hints at the decision being overturned. If that were the case, then could a case against Molina be made?

And then there are the American and Canadian mining companies involved in the exploitation of the people and the natural resources. Bounce them out!

All of this comes down to GREED! If I had to summarise this article in one word, it would be GREED!

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 12:22 am
the blood that flows thru guatemalan veins is mayan. i find myself forgetting that when i encounter them in everyday life. and i wish i didn't.

Barbara V (51)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 10:58 am
They ought to throw Cheney in with him.

Dijana D (2)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 3:13 pm
wow this is so despicable

David Johnson (13)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 3:28 pm
Thanks for tis important article!

Sergio Padilla (65)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 3:23 pm
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