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Friday, July 26, 2013

War crimes trial over Guatemala massacre began

On July 26, 2011, four former Guatemalan soldiers pleaded not guilty to war crimes involving the Dos Erres massacre during the country's 36 year civil war. The four men argued that they were not stationed with the group that committed the war crimes at Dos Erres. The UN approved of the arrest of a top Guatemalan military figure associated with these crimes among other war crimes, such as crimes against humanity and genocide. The Guatemalan government has dealt with claims by many of the civilians that were affected by the civil war.

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