Advertising Console

    Inside Story Americas - Efrain Rios Montt - Justice in limbo

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    There has been much anger and grief expressed after the genocide trial of Guatemala's former US-backed dictator was suspended. Just days before a criminal court was due to issue a verdict in the trial of Efrain Rios Montt, an appeals court halted all proceedings. The 86-year-old former general is accused of presiding over the killing of more than 1,700 Mayans in the Ixil region after taking power in a US-backed military coup in 1982. So, what is at stake in the prosecution of Efrain Rios Montt? For more on this case Shihab Rattansi is joined by guests: Kathryn Johnson, the development and advocacy co-ordinator for the Guatemala Human Rights Commission USA; and Paul Seils, the vice president and general counsel at the International Center for Transitional Justice.