Allan Nairn on Saints and Sinners

May 14, 2013

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Additional Evidence on Perez Molina
MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013

General Otto Perez Molina, the President of Guatemala, didn’t want his
name coming up during the Rios Montt trial. (See post of April 18).

But one witness implicated Perez Molina in the atrocities, and today’s
Wall Street Journal notes that additional testimony may be available.

Nicholas Casey reports: “Another witness in the [Rios Montt genocide]
trial, a Mayan peasant named Tiburcio Utuy, also testified in a
separate investigation against Mr. Rios Montt in Spain that Mr. Perez
Molina ordered him to be tortured in the 1980s.  Mr. Utuy wasn’t asked
about Mr. Prez Molina in the Guatemala trial because the current
president wasn’t the trial’s focus…

In a 2010 article about human rights crimes related to torture
accusations against Mr. Perez Molina during 1982 and 1983, The Wall
Street Journal interviewed six other villagers from towns he commanded
who accused him and soldiers he commanded in killing civilians whom
the witnesses said had nothing to do with rebels.  Among those who
named Mr. Perez Molina in the killings were two of the men he
commanded at the time.” (Nicholas Casey, “Guatemala Genocide Case
Pressures Leader,” The Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2013).

Rios Montt is in prison but those who carried out his plan are still free.

If serious investigations are permitted, there will be no shortage of evidence.

Allan Nairn

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Posted by (Allan Nairn) at 5/13/2013 02:03:00 PM