Friday, May 10, 2013
General Efrain Rios Montt spent almost an hour denying the charges of genocide he is now facing in Guatemala. Montt ruled Guatemala for 17 months during 1982 and 1983, when the Guatemalan army killed many indigenous citizens while searching for leftist guerillas.
Montt's trial in Guatemala was suddenly suspended last month when another judge tried to annul the trial, leading to fears that Montt's supporters had found a way to influence the trial. But Guatemala's highest court issued a ruling that the trial judge (Yasmin Barrios) has interpreted to allow testimony to continue. The prosecution is seeking a sentence of 75 years for genocide and crimes against humanity. Montt is now 86 years old. Elisabeth Malkin, Ex-Dictator Denies Role in Guatemalan Massacres, N.Y. Times, May 10, 2013, at A10.