Shameful decision to postpone Ríos Montt trial a new stain on Guatemala’s justice system

The new postponement of José Efraín Ríos Montt’s trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity is a slap in the face of the victims still trying to heal the wounds of decades of brutal civil war, said Amnesty International today.

“By allowing Ríos Montt to evade the courts for decades, the Guatemalan authorities have been playing a cruel game with the victims of the tens of thousands of people who were tortured, killed, disappeared and forcibly displaced under his command and their relatives,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

The special tribunal in charge of trying José Efraín Ríos Montt said today that the trial was being suspended due to procedural issues.