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Daily Archives: August 9, 2011
A Guatemalan court has convicted four soldiers of the massacre of 201 people in the town of Las Dos Erres. The court sentenced each man to 30 years for each victim and added 30 years for crimes against humanity, totaling a 6,060 year sentence for each man.
The four ex-soldiers were members of an élite military force, the Kaibiles. The men entered Las Dos Erres, which the government suspected of harboring left-wing guerrillas, in December 1982 and spent three days questioning and killing its inhabitants. The victims’ bodies showed evidence of torture, and many of the women’s bodies showed evidence of rape.
In 2001, then-President Alfonso Portillo acknowledged the government’s role in the massacre and awarded the families of victims $1.8 million.
- Guatemala ex-soldiers sentenced (bbc.co.uk)
- Four Kaibiles Sentenced to 6,060 Years Each for Dos Erres Massacre (nsarchive.wordpress.com)
- US deports former Guatemalan soldier over 1982 massacre (dokmz.wordpress.com)
- 6,060 year sentence imposed for 1982 Guatemala massacre (csmonitor.com)