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Former Guatemala dictator's amnesty appeal denied

Former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, pictured on May 10, 2013, ruled Guatemala from 1982 to 1983 and is accused of ordering the massacre of more than 1,770 Ixil Maya indigenous peopleA Guatemalan appeals court rejected an amnesty request from former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, whose retrial for genocide during the country’s civil war is due to begin in January, the civil parties to the case said Thursday. The court found the appeal, which would have ended the criminal proceedings, was “unfounded,” the Association for Justice and Reconciliation and the Center for Legal Action on Human Rights said in a statement. “This is a very important decision as it confirms that amnesty cannot be granted for the crime of genocide,” the groups added.

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