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Further information on UA 294/90 (AMR 34/43/90, 10 July and follow-ups AMR 34/45/90, 26 July and AMR 34/12/91, 27 March) - Guatemala: beatings and threats against street children: two street children

, N° d'index: AMR 34/039/1991

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 34/39/91
Distr: UA/SC
22 August 1991
Further information on 294/90 (AMR 34/43/90, 10 July 1990, and follow-ups
AMR-34/45/90, 26 July 1990 and AMR 34/12/91, 27 March 1991) - Beatings and
threats against street children
GUATEMALA:Two street children
Thirteen-year-old Nahamán Carmona López was attacked by four policemen on 4
March 1990 and died as a result.
In March 1991 four Guatemalan police officers who were accused of killing Nahamán
Carmona López were brought to trial and sentenced to prison terms of between
10 and 15 years. However, on 19 July 1991, the sentences were overturned by
the Third Chamber of the Appeals Court (Sala Tercera de la Corte de Apelaciones)
on technical grounds.
A transcript of the sentence made available to Amnesty International indicates
that the annulment of the sentences was due to "the violation of ... essential
formalities in the proceedings" ("la violación de ... formalidades esenciales
del proceso") which, in the Court's view, gave grounds for the annulment of
the sentences. The transcript states that in the order initiating criminal
procedures, the hour indicated for the killing of Nahamán was 2.30 a.m., while
it had been established that the killing had taken place at 0.20 a.m. on 4
March 1990. A fine of 20 Quetzales (US$4.00) was imposed on the sentencing
judge. According to the information made available to Amnesty International,
the charges against the policemen still apply, and a retrial has been ordered
by the Appeals Court. The policemen remain in jail, pending the re-trial.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters:
- noting the recent annulment of the sentences imposed on the four policemen
found guilty of the murder of Nahamán due apparently to a procedural error,
and that the Court of Appeal has ordered a re-trial;
- stating that Amnesty International is continuing to monitor closely the case;
- urging that those responsible for the murder of Nahamán Carmona López be
brought to justice.
S.E. Jorge Serrano Elías Excelentísimo Sr.Presidente
Presidente de la República de Guatemala
Palacio Nacional
Guatemala, Guatemala
Telegrams: Presidente Serrano, Guatemala, Guatemala
Telexes: 5331 CAPRES GU
Faxes: + 502 2 537472; + 502 2 519702
Dr. Edmundo Vásquez Martínez Señor Presidente de la
Presidente de la Corte Corte Suprema de Justicia
Suprema de Justicia
Centro Cívico
21a Calle y 7a Avenida
Guatemala, GUATEMALA
Telegrams: Presidente Corte Suprema, Guatemala,
Lic. Fernando Hurtado Prem Señor Ministro
Ministro de Gobernación
Despacho Ministerial
Oficina No. 8, Primer Nivel
Palacio Nacional
Guatemala, Guatemala
Telegrams: Ministro Gobernación, Guatemala, Guatemala
Telexes: 5085 MINGOB GU
Faxes: + 502 2 518105
Señor Acisclo Valladares Señor Procurador General
Procurador General de la Nación
Procuraduría General de la Nación
18 Calle 10-36
Zona 1, Guatemala
Telegrams: Procurador General, Guatemala, Guatemala
Lic. Ramiro de León Carpio
Procurador de Derechos Humanos
Avenida Simeón Cañas 10-61
Zona 2,
Guatemala, Guatemala
Casa Alianza
Apartado 400,
Gautemala, Guatemala
Diario Siglo XXI
7a Avenida 11-79
Edificio Galerias España, 6o piso
Zona 9, Guatemala, Guatemala
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 6 October 1991.

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