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Rios Montt guilty of genocide

EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty on Friday (May 10) of genocide and crimes against humanity during the bloodiest phase of the country's 36-year civil war and was sentenced to 80 years in prison. Hundreds of people who were packed into the courtroom burst into applause, chanting, "Justice!" as Rios Montt received a 50-year term for the genocide charge and an additional 30 years for crimes against humanity. Rios Montt, now 86, took power after a coup in 1982 and was accused of implementing a scorched-earth policy in which troops massacred thousands of indigenous villagers thought to be helping leftist rebels. He proclaimed his innocence in court. It was the first time a former head of state had been found guilty of genocide in his or her own country.

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