2nd ex-Guatemala general detained in genocide case

AP News
Posted: Oct 13, 2011 9:55 PM
2nd ex-Guatemala general detained in genocide case

Guatemalan prosecutors have arrested another former army general who was allegedly involved in dozens of massacres of indigenous people during the Central American nation's civil war.

Prosecutors spokeswoman Yesenia Enriquez says former Gen. Mauricio Rodriguez was detained Wednesday.

Rodriguez headed the feared G-2 military intelligence force in 1982 and 1983. A truth commission found the G-2 may have participated in as many as 71 operations against civilians.

A judge is scheduled to decide Thursday if former Gen. Hector Mario Lopez Fuentes should stand trial on genocide charges involving alleged massacres.

Lopez was arrested in June and is the first person in Guatemala to face genocide charges.