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Guatemala`s ex-dictator gets 80 years in jail

Guatemala`s former strongman Efrain Rios Montt was convicted on Friday of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced to 80 years in prison.



Guatemala City: Guatemala`s former strongman Efrain Rios Montt was convicted on Friday of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced to 80 years in prison.

His co-defendant, retired Gen. Jose Rodriguez Sanchez, was acquitted.

The court revoked Rios Montt`s house arrest and ordered him taken to prison.

Rios Montt, 86, and the 67-year-old Rodriguez were accused in the deaths of 1,771 Ixil Indians between March 1982 and August 1983 as part of a counter-insurgency campaign.

This is the first time any Guatemalan ruler has been called to account for the massacres and atrocities of the country`s 1960-1996 civil war.
Rios Montt presided over the bloodiest phase of a conflict that claimed more than 200,000 lives.

IANS

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