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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Guatemala police convicted in disappearance with evidence from rediscovered archive
Kimberly Bennett at 12:00 AM ET

On October 28, 2010, a Guatemalan judge sentenced former National Police (NP) officers Hector Roderico Ramirez Rios and Abraham Lancerio Gomez to 40 years in prison for the 1984 forced disappearance of Fernando Garcia based on evidence found in an abandoned police archive discovered in 2005. Ramirez Rios and Gomez were the first to be tried and convicted based on information recovered from the NP archive. According to the UN-sponsored Commission for Historical Clarification, the government was responsible for 93 percent of war crimes during Guatemala's 36-year civil war.

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