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Guatemala court convicts paramilitaries over 1982 massacre

Headline Title:  Guatemala court convicts paramilitaries over 1982 massacre 21 March 2012 Five Guatemalan men have each been sentenced to nearly 8,000 years in prison for their role in the massacre of indigenous villagers in 1982 in a ruling hailed by Amnesty International as a victory for the victims. The men formed part of a military-trained civilian patrol that rounded up and killed 268 Maya-Achí indigenous villagers in Plan de Sánchez near the market town of Rabinal – 100 km north of the capital – in July 1982. The guilty verdict – in a Guatemala City criminal court – is the latest…

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