Guatemala sees landmark conviction

Felipe Cusanero is sentenced to 150 years in prison for his part in the disappearance of six Mayan farmers during the Guatemalan Civil War in the 1980s.

He was the first person to ever be convicted for carrying out acts of forced disappearance during the Civil War. He appeared before three judges to face his sentence.

He received a 25-year prison sentence for each of his victims. It was hailed as a “landmark” sentence. Hilarion Lopez, the father of one of the victims, said: “We weren’t looking for vengeance but for the truth and justice”.The families have called on Cusanero to tell them where their bodies are. Cusanero was photographed being carried away by police afterwards.

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