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Further information on UA 492/90 - (AMR 34/75/90, 5 December) - Guatemala: extrajudicial executions: Pedro Damian Vasquez, Nicolas Ajtujol Sosof, Pedro Mendoza Pablo, Gaspar Cos Sicay, Pedro Cristal Mendez, Geronimo Sojuel Sisay, Juan Ajuchan Nisia, Pedro

, N° d'index: AMR 34/076/1990

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 34/76/90
Distr: UA/SC
7 December 1990
Further information on UA 492/90 (AMR 34/75/90, 5 December 1990) - Extrajudicial
Executions
GUATEMALA: Pedro Damián Vásquez, aged 44
Nicolás Ajtujól Sosof, aged 25
Pedro Mendoza Pablo, aged 29
Gaspar Cos Sicay, aged 18
Pedro Cristal Méndez, aged 13
Gerónimo Sojuel Sisay, aged 10
Juan Ajuchán Nisia (also reported as Mesía), aged 17
Pedro Mendoza Catú, aged 18
Felipe Quiejú Culán, aged 53
Salvador Damián Yaquí, aged 50
Juan Pablo Sosof, aged 20
Amnesty International has learned the names (given above) of 11 of the 15
villagers killed in Santiago Atitlán on 2 December.
According to press reports, Defence Minister General Juan Leonel Bolaños
Chávez said on Thursday 6 December that two soldiers, including a former military
base commander, have been arrested in connection with the killings. General
Bolaños reportedly said that the two soldiers would be tried in a military
court on charges related to the killings in Santiago Atitlán. The Defence
Minister is reported to have identified the two soldiers as Sergeant Major
Efraín García González and Lieutenant José Antonio Ortiz Rodríguez (who had
been in command at the Panabaj military base when the killings took place),
and to have stated that Sergeant Major García González was responsible for
provoking the killings.
Apparently, it has not yet been announced what specific charges have
been filed against the men or where they are being held. Amnesty International
will continue to follow the case.
Soldiers at the Panabaj military base at Santiago Atitlán, Sololá opened
fire on a crowd of unarmed people on the evening of 2 December, killing 15
villagers and wounding 19 others, including a number of children. The
government issued a statement lamenting the incident and promising an inquiry.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters:
- urging that the terms of reference and composition of the investigatory body,
that will carry out the inquiry promised by the government, be made immediately
public, that its findings be made known as soon as they are available;
- noting that two soldiers have reportedly been arrested in connection with
the killings, and urging that any criminal acts found to have been committed
be referred to the tribunals;
- asking that steps be taken to ensure that all those injured in the attack
at the military base receive adequate medical care;
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- seeking assurances that the physical integrity of witnesses to the incident
be guaranteed and that the relatives of the victims be offered appropriate
compensation.
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APPEALS TO:
S.E. Vinicio Cerezo Arévalo
Presidente de la República de Guatemala
Palacio Nacional
Guatemala, Guatemala
Tel: +502 22 1212, +502 22 2266
Fax: +502 253 7472
Telex: 5331 CAPRES GU
Telegrams: Presidente Cerezo, Guatemala, Guatemala
Brig. Gral. Juan Leonel Bolaños
Ministro de Defensa
Ministerio de Defensa
Palacio Nacional
Guatemala, Guatemala
Tel: +502 22 1212, ext 2226
Fax: +502 253 7472
Telex: 5361 COMGUA GU
Telegrams: Ministro Defensa Bolanos, Guatemala, Guatemala
Gral. Roberto Enrique Mata Gálvez
Jefe del Estado Mayor de Defensa Nacional
Ministerio de Defensa Nacional
Palacio Nacional
Guatemala, Guatemala
Fax: +502 253 7472
Telex: 5361 COMGUA GU
Telegrams: Jefe Estado Mayor, Guatemala, Guatemala
Gral. Gustavo Méndez Herrera
Comandante
Base Militar No. 14
Sololá, Sololá
GUATEMALA
Telegrams: Base Militar Solola, Solola, Guatemala
COPIES TO:
Lic. Ramiro de León Carpio
Procurador de Derechos Humanos
Avenida Simeón Cañas 10-61
Zona 2, Guatemala, Guatemala
Lic Factor Méndez Doninelli
CIEPRODH
Apartado Postal 419-1
Zona 7, 01907 Guatemala
Diario Siglo XXI
7a Avenida 11-79
Edificio Galerias España, 6o piso
Zona 9, Guatemala, Guatemala
and to diplomatic representatives of Guatemala in your country.
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PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 18 January 1991.

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