Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Guatemala: First Disappearance Conviction

Former military commissionner Felipe Cusanero has become the first person to be convicted of forced disappearances in Guatemala's civil war and has been sentenced to 150 years in jail - 25 years for each one of six violent deaths.

This is, of course, a "better late than never" situation; it's disappointing that no one has made it through the Guatemalan justice system before, but at least it has happened now.

Guatemala sees landmark sentence (BBC)
Guatemala makes landmark civil war conviction (Reuters)

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