PBI-Guatemala accompanies family of Luz Leticia to hearing of ex-police officer accused of her enforced disappearance

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On January 20, PBI-Guatemala posted:

“PBI accompanies the family of Luz Leticia to the last hearing of the first statement of ex-police Juan Francisco Cifuentes Cano. He has been linked to trial and has been imposed preventive detention as a precautionary measure. A deadline of three months has been granted to continue investigations for crimes against humanity duties and enforced disappearance; the case will continue with its interim phase at the end of April this year.”

Photo by Prensa Comunitaria.

Luz Leticia Hernández Agustín studied at the Belen Institute, School of Commerce and Faculty of Economics of the University of San Carlos.

Verdad Justicia: “Luz Leticia was born on November 22, 1957, the same day she was detained-disappeared, when she was 25 years old. Her family remembers her as a woman, she was a very intelligent, affectionate woman, such a beautiful smile and a hard worker.”

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has noted Luz Leticia and Ana Maria López Rodríguez were “captured on November 21, 1982, by security forces made up of elements of the special operations reaction battalion (BROE) and the intelligence service. (SIM) while they were at the address located in block 4, block “E”, lot 13 of the Monte Real II neighborhood, zone 4 of Mixco.”

On the accused, Prensa Libre also reports: “Cifuentes Cano was the director of a police division and worked closely with the Army in counterinsurgency operations during the de facto government of the dictator Efraín Ríos Montt (1982-1983), as explained by the Prosecutor’s Office before the Fifth Criminal Court of First Instance. The ex-commander is accused of the forced disappearance of the university students Luz Hernández and Ana López, who 40 years later have still not been located.”



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