A Guatemalan court has convicted former dictator Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, sentencing him to 80 years in prison.
The 86-year-old former general is the first former Latin American leader ever found guilty of such a charge.
A three-judge tribunal issued the verdict after the nearly two-month trial in which dozens of victims testified about horrific atrocities.
Rios Montt denies having knowledge of the massacres that happened involving indigenous people while he was in power.
19:49 // 1 year ago
John McAfee’s hopes of fighting deportation back to Belize to face questions about the murder of a neighbor faded on Thursday after Guatemala denied a request by the U.S. software pioneer for asylum.
McAfee’s lawyer vowed to block Guatemalan efforts to remove the entrepreneur and said the 67-year-old had suffered two mild heart attacks early on Thursday. McAfee was not taken to a hospital and posted on his blog during the morning hours.
"I don’t think a heart attack prevents one from using one’s blog," said the lawyer, Telesforo Guerra.
The Belizean government continues to insist that John McAfee is not a prime suspect in the murder of Gregory Faull; however, he is still wanted for questioning. An international arrest warrant has not been issued for John McAfee at this time, though he is likely to be turned over to law enforcement officials in Belize if he is deported.
14:50 // 1 year ago