Hector Bol de la Cruz, chief of police from 1983-85, was convicted in the 1984 kidnapping and disappearance of student union leader Fernando Garcia. The court also sentenced former senior police officer Jorge Gomez to 40 years for his role in the kidnapping.
Federal prosecutors are accusing Jorge Sosa, a former Kabile, of lying on his citizenship application by concealing his involvement in the 1982 Dos Erres massacre that left over 200 people dead. Sosa, who is married to an American, was originally denied asylum in 1985. If convicted, Sosa could be stripped of his United States citizenship and face 15 years in prison. Guatemalan authorities will seek his extradition to charge him with crimes against humanity as well.
The Interior Ministry announced that in 2014 it will rent a fleet of drones, for video surveillance. The Ministry stated that the drones would be used in military and security capacities. They will permit the government to, among other things, monitor drug trafficking along the country’s borders, criminals and criminal activities, and protests.
President Otto Pérez Molina has instructed his new Ambassador to the United States, Julio Ligorría, to make the lifting of the United States’ military arms restrictions a priority. President Pérez Molina finds the restrictions “out of context,” and believes that lifting them would be an acknowledgment of the changes that have occurred in the country since President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) signed them into law.
President Otto Pérez Molina praised Colorado and Washington yesterday for legalizing marijuana, noting that the United States Federal Government took an “important step” by not opposing the move. He would like to see the government “go further,” and believes that the United States should join the international debate on drugs. President Pérez Molina will focus his address to the United Nations General Assembly on new policies to combat drug trafficking.