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Guatemalan General Ríos Montt was found guilty of genocide and war crimes by a landmark decision of a Guatemalan Court for his role in the murder of at least 1,771 Ixil Mayas, killed by armed forces while he ruled the country for 17 months starting in March 1982.
Besides the simultaneous Ixil-Spanish translation, no effort was made to integrate Maya Ixil customary law into the trial process of former Guatemalan generals Rios Montt and Rodriguez Sanchez.
The Nation journalist Lyle Stewart provides background to the Rios Montt trial.
The road to the better outcomes that the government seeks will not get any easier, just because the government would like someone else to do the driving.