6,060 Years for Guatemalan Ex-Soldier Who Massacred Indigenous and Fled to California

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Former soldier involved in massacre sentenced

By Staff (sc/jg/jsr/mgt/jf)
Prensa Latina

Guatemala City, Guatemala — Guatemalan ex soldier Pedro Pimentel was sentenced on Tuesday [March 13, 2012] to 6,060 years in prison in a trial in which he was prosecuted for a massacre in an indigenous community in 1982.

Felicita Romero, left, holds an image of her mother Natividad Ramirez, a victim of the Dos Erres massacre, as she attends the trial of Pedro Pimentel Ríos, a former member of an elite Guatemalan military force known as the "kaibiles," at a court in Guatemala City, Monday March 12, 2012 (Photo credit: AP/Moises Castillo).

The three judges dismissed the plea of innocence of the defendant and his lawyers by confirming the veracity of the evidence presented by the prosecutors and the witnesses’ testimonies about his involvement in the events.

Survivors react after guilty verdicts in earlier Dos Erres cases (Photo credit: Esbin Garcia).

Pimentel was sentenced to 30 years in prison for each of the 201 peasants massacred from December 6 to 8, 1982, in the village of Dos Erres, in the northern department of Peten, and 30 others for crimes against humanity.

However, technically, the penalty for the former member of the Kaibiles, the elite force of the Guatemalan Army, is 50 years, because it is the maximum sentence allowed in the Criminal Code.

The Dos Erres massacre is considered one of the most famous killings committed by the military, among dozens of them that took place during the domestic armed conflict (1960-1996).

 

Source: Prensa Latina

 

VIDEO: Al Jazeera, Sentencing of Pedro Pimentel (1 1/2 min).

 

Guatemalan special forces soldier deported by the U.S. gets whopping 6,060-year sentence

  • Sentenced for his role in the killings of 201 people in a 1982 massacre
  • Fifth former special forces soldier to be sentenced to 6,060 years or more

By Rachel Rickard Straus
Daily Mail

A former member of an elite Guatemalan military force extradited from the United States last July has been sentenced to 6,060 years in prison for his role in the killings of 201 people in a 1982 massacre.

Indigenous peasants listen to earlier sentences of Daniel Martinez, Manuel Pop, Reyes Collin Gualip and Carlos Carias on charges of murder and crimes against humanity for the slaughter perpetrated in 1982 in Dos Erres (Photo credit: Esbin Garcia).

Pedro Pimentel Rios is escorted to the Supreme Court in Guatemala City (Photo credit: Reuters).

Pedro Pimentel Rios is the fifth former special forces soldier sentenced to 6,060 years or more for what became known as the ‘Dos Erres’ massacre, named after the northern Guatemala hamlet where the killings occurred during the country’s 1960-1996 civil war.

The sentence handed down by a three-judge panel on Monday is largely symbolic, since under Guatemalan law the maximum time a convict can serve is 50 years.

It specified 30 years for each of the 201 deaths, plus 30 years for crimes against humanity.

Pimentel Rios, 54, is a former instructor at a Guatemalan training school for an elite military force known as the ‘kaibiles.’

Pimentel lived in Santa Ana, California, and worked in a sweater factory for years until he was detained by immigration authorities in May 2010.

He was extradited to Guatemala the following year.

Guatemala’s civil war claimed at least 200,000 lives before it ended in 1996.

The country’s U.S.-backed army was responsible for most of the deaths, according to the findings of a truth commission set up to investigate the bloodshed.

In December 1982, several dozen soldiers stormed the village of Dos Erres, searched homes for missing weapons and systematically killed men, women and children.

Soldiers bludgeoned villagers with a sledgehammer, threw them down a well, and raped women and girls before killing them, according to court papers filed in a case brought by U.S. prosecutors against another former kaibil.
Source: Daily Mail

 

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Former Soldier Involved in Massacre Sentenced

By Staff (sc/jg/jsr/mgt/jf)
Prensa Latina

Guatemala City, Guatemala — Guatemalan ex soldier Pedro Pimentel was sentenced on Tuesday [March 13] to 6,060 years in prison in a trial in which he was prosecuted for a massacre in an indigenous community in 1982.

The three judges dismissed the plea of innocence of the defendant and his lawyers by confirming the veracity of the evidence presented by the prosecutors and the witnesses’ testimonies about his involvement in the events.

Pimentel was sentenced to 30 years in prison for each of the 201 peasants massacred from December 6 to 8, 1982, in the village of Dos Erres, in the northern department of Peten, and 30 others for crimes against humanity.

However, technically, the penalty for the former member of the Kaibiles, the elite force of the Guatemalan Army, is 50 years, because it is the maximum sentence allowed in the Criminal Code.

The Dos Erres massacre is considered one of the most famous killings committed by the military, among dozens of them that took place during the domestic armed conflict (1960-1996).

 

Source: Prensa Latina

 

 

Former Soldier Involved in Massacre Sentenced

By Staff (sc/jg/jsr/mgt/jf)
Prensa Latina

Guatemala City, Guatemala — Guatemalan ex soldier Pedro Pimentel was sentenced on Tuesday [March 13] to 6,060 years in prison in a trial in which he was prosecuted for a massacre in an indigenous community in 1982.

The three judges dismissed the plea of innocence of the defendant and his lawyers by confirming the veracity of the evidence presented by the prosecutors and the witnesses’ testimonies about his involvement in the events.

Pimentel was sentenced to 30 years in prison for each of the 201 peasants massacred from December 6 to 8, 1982, in the village of Dos Erres, in the northern department of Peten, and 30 others for crimes against humanity.

However, technically, the penalty for the former member of the Kaibiles, the elite force of the Guatemalan Army, is 50 years, because it is the maximum sentence allowed in the Criminal Code.

The Dos Erres massacre is considered one of the most famous killings committed by the military, among dozens of them that took place during the domestic armed conflict (1960-1996).

 

Source: Prensa Latina

 

 

Former Soldier Involved in Massacre Sentenced

By Staff (sc/jg/jsr/mgt/jf)
Prensa Latina

Guatemala City, Guatemala — Guatemalan ex soldier Pedro Pimentel was sentenced on Tuesday [March 13] to 6,060 years in prison in a trial in which he was prosecuted for a massacre in an indigenous community in 1982.

The three judges dismissed the plea of innocence of the defendant and his lawyers by confirming the veracity of the evidence presented by the prosecutors and the witnesses’ testimonies about his involvement in the events.

Pimentel was sentenced to 30 years in prison for each of the 201 peasants massacred from December 6 to 8, 1982, in the village of Dos Erres, in the northern department of Peten, and 30 others for crimes against humanity.

However, technically, the penalty for the former member of the Kaibiles, the elite force of the Guatemalan Army, is 50 years, because it is the maximum sentence allowed in the Criminal Code.

The Dos Erres massacre is considered one of the most famous killings committed by the military, among dozens of them that took place during the domestic armed conflict (1960-1996).

 

Source: Prensa Latina

 

 

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