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The guilty of genocide verdict against the former President is annulled. All evidence since April 19 will have to be reheard.
Former Guatemalan head of state Jose Efrain Rios Montt, who ruled Guatemala from March 1982 to August 1983, was sentenced to 80 years' imprisonment for genocide and crimes against humanity by a Guatemalann court. This case is the first in world history.
The conviction on May 10 of former military dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity is an historic advance for Guatemala.
The trial of the former Guatemalan military ruler has heard most of the witnesses, but it is being repeatedly halted by legal challenges from the defence.
The Reagan administration and other international actors knew what Rios Montt was doing and backed him. It's time for international impunity to end.
In January, Former President Efraín Ríos Montt was finally indicted for genocide and crimes against humanity.
A series of Latin American countries has been holding former dictators to acccount for their crimes. The latest to begin the process is Guatemala.
Suspension of the retrial of Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt has dashed hopes of justice and underlined the need for a radical shake-up of the judiciary.
An interview with Claudia Paz y Paz, the prosecutor responsible for putting Efraín Ríos Montt on trial for genocide.
The Guatemalan right is not too bothered about Ríos Montt himself. What they fear is the precedent.

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