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Guatemalan ex-dictator set for genocide retrial

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, pictured on November 19, 2013, will be absent from the trial on grounds of old age and senilityA Guatemala court will begin a special closed-door retrial Monday of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity committed during his 1982-1983 rule. The 89-year-old will be absent from the trial on grounds of old age and senility — he is said to be bedridden in his home in a wealthy district of the capital Guatemala City. Prosecutors hope to reassert a conviction against the ex-general delivered in a May 2013 trial but which was overturned within days by Guatemala’s constitutional court, which ordered the new trial.

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