6,060 Year Sentence

Published: August 5, 2011

6,060 Year Sentence, In 36 years of civil war, it was one of the most hideous incidents of repression: the massacre of 201 people at Dos Erres, Guatemala, in 1982. Four of those found responsible have each received a sentence of 6,060 years in prison.

It was a “sentence history” that sent a message of “justice” for the thousands who have been victims of human rights violations during Guatemala’s civil war from 1960 to 1996, said Sebastian Elgueta, a researcher of America Central to Amnesty International.

The sentences were handed down Tuesday against four former soldiers.

The penalties against Lieutenant Antonio Carlos Carias and Special Forces Manuel Pop Sun, Collin and Daniel Reyes Martinez Gualip include 30 years for each victim and another 30 years for crimes against humanity. The defendants maintain their innocence.

For three days in 1982, about 20 members of a special military unit with the Guatemalan military tortured and killed men, women and children in Dos Erres. Some were beaten with hammers.

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