Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Guatemala: genocidal general sentenced to 6060 years for 201 murders

Former Guatemalan Army General Pedro Pimentel has been sentenced to 30 years of prison for each one of the 201 people he murdered in the massacre of Dos Erres (Petén department, Maya Country). He also got other 30 years for crimes against Humankind. 

However he will only be in prison a maximum time of 50 years, as the Guatemalan Penal Code does not allow for greater effective penalties in any case.

The massacre is one of the 660 which, according to the Commission for Historical Clarification, took place in Guatemala through the armed conflict (1960-1996), which left some 250,000 casualties among dead and missing people.

Many of the massacres, mostly against Native Americans, happened in the short dictatorship of Ríos Montt (1982-83), who was also recently brought to trial.

Source: Gara[es].

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