June 9, 2001 |
Three soldiers and a priest were found guilty Friday of the 1998 murder of Roman Catholic Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi, in a stunning victory for the rule of law in this country still struggling to exorcise the demons of its long and bloody civil war. The Catholic Church, legal observers and diplomats hailed the outcome of the closely watched trial as proof of the success of international efforts to curtail military power and rebuild democracy here since the signing of peace accords five years ago.
May 6, 2001 |
Assailants shot and killed a 55-year-old American woman in Guatemala City, authorities said. "We believe it was an attempted car robbery," U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Kay Mayfield said. "The car was found near the crime scene." Embassy officials were waiting until relatives had been notified before releasing the woman's name and hometown. Luis Rivas, spokesman for the Guatemala City fire department, said the woman was shot repeatedly.
March 24, 2001 |
A former military intelligence chief ordered the 1998 slaying of a bishop who headed the human rights office of Guatemala's Roman Catholic Church, prosecutors alleged in court Friday. On the first day of trial for five people accused of killing Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi, the three-judge panel listened as a court officer began painstakingly reading hundreds of pages of indictments outlining the prosecution's case.
December 15, 2000 |
Gunmen shot and killed nine diners Wednesday night in a downtown Guatemala City restaurant in what appeared to be a drug dealers' dispute over territory, police said. "About four or five armed individuals entered the restaurant, and then it all started," said National Civilian Police spokesman Faustino Sanchez. The shooting occurred near Guatemala City's notorious Gallito neighborhood, the main distribution point for the 3-million-strong capital's growing cocaine market.
June 2, 2000 |
Three gunmen on a commuter boat en route from Guatemala to Belize opened fire on the captain and passengers, killing at least five people, Guatemalan authorities said. Three survivors said they spent 17 hours floating together in the Gulf of Honduras until a fisherman found them. Others drowned as they waited for rescue. Five passengers were shot dead, naval Capt. Jose Maria Valladares said. Evelyn Rojas, 21, said that when the firing began, she jumped into the water.
May 1, 2000 |
A Japanese tourist and a Guatemalan bus driver were killed in a rural market frequented by international tourists after being attacked by a mob of about 500 angry villagers who thought they were there to steal children, police said Sunday. Tetsuo Yamahiro, 40, was killed when he and 22 other Japanese tourists were attacked with stones and sticks by a mob Saturday in the highland village of Todos Santos Cuchumatan, police spokesman Faustino Sanchez said.