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Mesa Pública: Guatemala’s Challenge with Justice

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The historic trial of former head of state Efrain Rios Montt and his chief of military intelligence, Mauricio Rodriquez Sanchez had been suspended since Friday, April 19, but yesterday it the trial reconvened amid complex legal challenges, powerful political forces, and intense emotions by the people of Guatemala. Many Guatemalans have been protesting peacefully outside the Constitutional Court for the trial to continue and had come from long distances, from the mountainous region of Ixil, requesting that the trial continue.
To speak with us more about this historic trial is our special guest:  Kelsey Alford-Jones of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission based in Washington, D.C. and  Emi MacLean, Legal Officer at the Open Society Justice Initiative, in New York.

To read more about the Ríos Montt trial go to the Open Society Foundation's blog.