A Guatemalan court on Thursday ordered former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt be admitted to a public hospital to undergo new psychiatric tests to determine whether he is intellectually fit to face trial for genocide.
Two weeks before the scheduled start date of former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt’s retrial for genocide and crimes against humanity, forensic experts have asserted that he is mentally unfit to stand trial, legally allowing his attorneys to request the case closed.
GUATEMALA CITY – Francisco Palomo Tejada, an attorney for former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, is the latest in a number of high-profile legal professionals to be killed in Guatemala, a country with one of the highest violent crime rates in the world.
Francisco Palomo was driving in his car when gunmen unloaded a hail of bullets, striking him at least 12 times, and killing him in broad daylight in a busy commercial area of Guatemala City, said firefighters spokesman Raúl Hernández.
Mr. Fer was sued Monday before Guatemala's special prosecutor's office on discrimination and racism after he posted a joke on Twitter about the genocide suffered by indigenous people here in the 1980s.
Constitutional Court Secretary Martín Guzmán announced in a press conference that justices of the country's highest court had agreed with a constitutional appeal filed by the Prosecutor's Office against a previous ruling by a lower court judge. A new trial could begin on Jan. 5.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – An Argentine judge has issued arrest and extradition warrants for two ex-ministers of Francisco Franco's regime and 18 others, invoking "universal jurisdiction" for serious rights abuses. Buenos Aires Judge Maria Servini de Cubria issued the warrants for about 20 Spanish nationals.
Ex-officers Julio David López, José Miguel González Grijalva and Alberto Barrios Rabanales will face charges that include conspiracy to commit murder for the assassination of criminal investigator Miguel Mérida in 1991.
Based on details in a 47-page U.S. military dossier compiled during the war, Hitler was taking a cocktail of 74 different drugs, including a form of what is now commonly known as crystal meth. He also took "barbiturate tranquilizers, morphine, bulls' semen," according to reports.