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Call for justice opens Guatemala ex-leader trial

Call for justice opens Guatemala ex-leader trial

The lawyer for victims of Guatemala's 30-year civil war says the trial of the country's former U.S.-backed dictator will offer his clients the chance to tell the truth about the devastating conflict.
Gen. Efrain Rios Montt sat facing a group of victims and their families as his trial opened Tuesday morning in a Guatemala City courtroom.
He is accused of genocide and crimes against humanity for his role in the conflict between the right-wing government and leftist guerrillas, a civil that left some 200,000 people dead.
"Through this trial the victims can tell you their story, the truth that they've carried for more than 30 years, truth that some officials today want to deny," victims' lawyer Edgar Perez told the judges who will rule on the case.