Further information on UA 379/93 (AMR 34/76/93, 27 October; and follow-up AMR 34/77/93, 20 October) - Guatemala: fear for safety: Francisco Solbal Santay, Tiburcio Hernandez Hernandez, Noel Jesus de Beteta Alvarez and three others; Jorge Guillermo Lemus,
Four prisoners in all have been found dead in the Zone 18 Preventivo Prison in Guatemala. Moises Tun Toc was found dead in his cell on 24 October. A few days earlier, Antonio Castillo Mendez, Jose Morales Campos and Oliverio Echeverria were also found dead. Initially the government claimed all four had committed suicide, but a forensic inquiry undertaken by the Toxicology Department at the University of San Carlos (USAC) has established they were murdered, apparently drugged with barbiturates. Two guards and a sub-director of the prison have been jailed in connection with the deaths. Local human rights groups have claimed the four were killed as part of a campaign of intimidation intended to prevent other prisoners from revealing information about "death squads".
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