PBI-Guatemala accompanies human rights lawyers on 5th day of trial of ex-army and police officers

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On June 7, PBI-Guatemala posted: “PBI accompanied the Bufete Jurídico de Derechos Humanos [Human Rights Law Firm] during the fifth session of the first statement hearing in the #CasoDiarioMilitar [military journal case].”

PBI-Guatemala has accompanied the Human Rights Law Firm on all five days of the trial (June 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7).

Ruda explains: “The Diario Militar keeps a record of the names, photographs, addresses and addresses of men and women who have been arrested, detained, disappeared and murdered. The list includes students, university professors, trade unionists, and members of social organizations that the Army identified as allies of the guerrillas.”

The eleven retired soldiers and police officers are on trial for their alleged participation in the kidnapping, forced disappearance and extrajudicial executions of at least 183 people between 1983 and 1985.

The eleven include retired General Marco Antonio Gonzalez Taracena and the former head of the Special Operations Brigade of the National Police. They are accused of crimes against humanity, murder, attempted murder and enforced disappearance.

PBI-Guatemala began to accompany BDH lawyer Édgar Pérez Archila in August 2010 due to several security incidents. In 2013, PBI-Guatemala extended the accompaniment to the other lawyers of the BDH who work on high-profile trials.

Famdegua tweet about tomorrow’s hearing.

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