Although the trial of former de facto head of state Efrain Rios Montt and his then chief of military intelligence, Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez, resumed on Tuesday April 30 after nearly two weeks of suspension, its fate is far from clear. On April 19, the trial was suspended amid legal challenges only moments from closing arguments.
With only a reported six defense witnesses remaining, and an expected four hours of closing arguments, it is possible that the trial could conclude this week. However, as has been the case for the last thirteen years, and especially the last 13 days, serious legal and political obstacles could stall or derail the trial, even at this late stage in the process.
Guatemala, like much of the … Continue Reading