Rios Montt Found Guilty of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity in Guatemala

Posted: May 10th, 2013

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A monument honors the victims inside the main church of Nebaj. Danielle Volpe for the Wall Street Journal

BBC reports:

A court in Guatemala has found former military leader Efrain Rios Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity.

A three-judge tribunal sentenced the 86-year-old to 80 years in prison.

Rios Montt was convicted of ordering the deaths of 1,771 people of the Ixil Maya ethnic group during his time in office in 1982 and 1983.

It is the first time a former head of state had been found guilty of genocide by a court in his or her own country.

The trial for peace, truth and justice in Guatemala . . .