An historic opportunity for justice in Guatemala
After the arrest and capture of retired general Héctor López Fuentes on Friday, proceedings yesterday officially indicted former Army Chief of Staff for the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and forced disappearance. Representatives of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR), an organization of survivors of genocide, joined their legal advisors from the Center for Human Rights Legal Rights Action (CALDH) to issue the statement below.
|“Wanted For Genocide – Héctor Mario López Fuentes: Captured” Graham Hunt
AN HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY
FOR JUSTICE IN GUATEMALA
Prosecute genocide and guarantee it is not repeated
After 28 years of impunity for crimes against humanity and genocide committed during the internal armed conflict against the Maya people, Judge Carol Patricia Flores formally indicted one of the authors of genocide – General Mario López Fuentes, who acted as army chief of staff from March 23, 1982 until October 21, 1983 in the government of Ríos Montt.
In 2001, surviving victims of genocide submitted a complaint against the military high command of 1982-1983, made up of Head of State, Efraín Ríos Montt; Minister of Defense, Oscar Humberto Mejía Víctores and General Héctor Mario López Fuentes. After almost 10 years, the Attorney General has completed the investigation of this case and requested an arrest warrant for one of those implicated. This was successfully carried out and he