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On the ground in Guatemala: an update on former dictator's genocide trial

Among the deadliest periods of Guatemala’s 1960-1996 civil war was the reign of Efrain Rios Montt from 1982 to1983. Desperate to wipe out anti-government elements, Rios Montt sent soldiers to eliminate the ethnic Mayan population, who were seen as sympathetic to the rebels. Thousands of people were killed, raped or conscripted into government forces. He is the first former leader of a Latin American country to face such charges, and one of the few in the world. Journalist Allan Nairn, who has been covering the trial in Guatemala, gives us an update. (Photo: AP Images).

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