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11 Guatemalan Soldiers Indicted for Disappearances of 558 Indigenous People

GUATEMALA - A Guatemalan judge has ruled that 11 of 14 retired military officials, who have been detained on charges of human rights abuses, are liable to criminal proceedings.

They are accused of being involved in forced disappearances and crimes against humanity for allegedly disappearing 558 indigenous people during the civil war in 1960 to 1996.

Judge Claudette Dominguez said there was a "lack of merit" to the accusations against the other three military officials, citing "inconsistencies" in the case filed against them.

The prosecution now has three months to complete its investigation.

The 14 retired military officials had been accused of participating "systematically" in crimes and massacres that can be considered "war crimes". They are also accused of committing multiple offences against women and minors during the 1980s.

The atrocities, which are widely referred to as CREOMPAZ after the name of the military centre where the bones of the victims were found, has brought the memory of the 36-year civil war back into public consciousness.

The 11 military officers indicted today will be held at the Mariscal Zavala military base while investigations into the case continue. The three other former soldiers will be held under house arrest.

 

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