Trial delayed for ex-dictator accused in genocide of Maya people

Efrain Rios Montt testified at his first trial in 2013. Photo by Trocaire / Flickr

The retrial of
Efrain Rios Montt, a former dictator of Guatemala who is accused of genocide and crimes against humanity, has been delayed.

In 2013, Rios Montt was found guilty of ordering the massacres of 1,771 people at two Mayan villages in 1982 and 1983. The victims were mainly women, elders and children, according to evidence presented in court at the time.

The nation's highest court, however, overturned the verdict and ordered a new trial. But proceedings were delayed on Monday as a judge was removed from the case because she wrote a master’s thesis on genocide.

Rios Montt is now 88 and claims he is too frail to attend the retrial.

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