MILITARY PERSONNEL CONVICTED IN THE MOLINA THEISSEN CASE SHOULD REMAIN IN PRISON
Again we find ourselves facing a petition for impunity. The military personnel Francisco Luis Gordillo Martínez, Manuel Antonio Callejas y Callejas, and Manuel Benedicto Lucas García, who were convicted of forced disappearance, aggravated assault, and crimes against humanity, have solicited the First Court of Appeals to revise their form of confinement to house arrest.
With the excuse of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have asked the court to grant what is an illegal measure, since both the Guatemalan Penal Procedural Code and international standards for human rights and victims of human rights abuses establish that in cases of crimes against humanity alternative measures cannot be used. For this reason, we urge the First Court to rule AGAINST the petition.
We stand in solidarity with the Molina Theissen family, who have walked tirelessly in the search for Marco Antonio and in the fight for justice and memory in Guatemala. We recognize their path and the traces of memory and resistance they have left in our history. We are grateful for their journey and the example they set in order to continue with the work of memory, truth, and justice.
We join with the voices of the surviving victims and their families, and we urge them to continue in the struggle for justice for crimes of the past and present.
COORDINADORA GENOCIDIO NUNCA MAS
(GENOCIDE NEVER AGAIN COALITION)
Guatemala, August 19, 2020
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