Guatemala judge postpones ex-general's hearing

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Posted: Oct 14, 2011 9:36 PM
Guatemala judge postpones ex-general's hearing

A Guatemalan judge has again postponed a hearing to decide if a former general should stand trial for alleged involvement in dozens of massacres of indigenous people during the Central American nation's civil war.

Prosecutors say the 81-year-old Hector Mario Lopez Fuentes was brought to Friday's hearing sedated, prompting Judge Carol Flores to cancel it.

Flores hasn't set a new date for the hearing. She canceled three previous hearings after Lopez's lawyers said he was too sick with prostate cancer to attend.

Lopez was detained in June on charges that he planned and ordered about 300 massacres when he was chief of staff of the Guatemalan military in 1982 and 1983.