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Guatemala: General's court appearance over genocide raises hope for victims

Headline Title:  Guatemala: General's court appearance over genocide 25 January 2012 Thirty years after coming to power, retired General José Efraín Ríos Montt faces a court this week on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, in what Amnesty International is calling a landmark development. His appearance before a Guatemala City criminal court on 26 January will decide whether he will face trial over accusations he bore command responsibility for genocide between March 1982 and August 1983, when he was the de-facto ruler of the Central American country.  While he…

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