Spanish judge probes Guatemala massacres

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27 June 2006, MADRID — A Spanish judge opened an investigation on Tuesday into massacres in Guatemala committed by the former military dictatorship.

27 June 2006

MADRID — A Spanish judge opened an investigation on Tuesday into massacres in Guatemala committed by the former military dictatorship.

Judge Santiago Pedraz faces opposition against his investigation after a series of recent judicial and official decisions placed obstacles in the way.

He may not be able to question any of the six suspects, which include two former presidents, who are accused of state terrorism, torture and genocide.

Pedraz has established an impromptu tribunal in the Spanish embassy in Guatemala City.

The cases were first prompted by Guatemalan human rights activists, including the Nobel Peace Price winner Rigoberta Menchú, whose own father was among those who died in 626 massacres of mostly Mayan Indians between 1978 and 1986.

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Subject: Spanish news
 

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