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APNewsBreak: US deports Guatemala massacre suspect

APNewsBreak: US deports Guatemala massacre suspect

A former Guatemalan military instructor suspected of carrying out a brutal 1982 massacre was extradited Tuesday, ending a two-decade exile in which he spent years working in a southern California sweater factory.
Pedro Pimentel Rios, 54, was flown on a U.S. government-chartered plane to Guatemala and turned over to authorities there, said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The news was celebrated in Guatemala City by a lawyer for victims of the Dos Erres massacre, in which more than 150 people were killed _ men, women and children tortured and robbed of their possessions.
Attorney Edgar Perez said more than 100 witnesses would be available to testify in the case.
Pimentel, a former instructor at the Guatemalan training school for a force known as the "kaibiles," was ordered deported from the United States in May when an immigration judge rejected his bid for asylum.
He is one of more than a dozen former kaibiles sought by Guatemala for their alleged roles in the killings. U.S. authorities have helped track down four of them _ three in the United States and one in Canada who is facing extradition requests to the United States and Spain.
Pimentel lived in Santa Ana, California, and worked in a sweater factory for years until he was detained by immigration authorities in May 2010. He fled Guatemala two decades ago after leaving the army, fearing he would no longer be protected against the leftist guerrillas he fought during the country's civil war, according to Michael Selph, Pimentel's immigration attorney.
A message seeking comment was left for Selph on Tuesday.
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Associated Press writers Sonia Perez reported from Guatemala City and Amy Taxin from Los Angeles


Updated : 2021-07-26 09:45 GMT+08:00