Guatemalan judge orders Rios Montt trial suspended

AP News
Posted: Apr 18, 2013 8:21 PM

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan judge recently reinstated to the case of a former U.S.-backed dictator has ordered the suspension of his trial, saying that all actions taken since she was asked to step down from the case in 2011 are now null.

Judge Carol Patricia Flores made the announcement Thursday, after the day's proceedings abruptly ended when the defense lawyers for former Gen. Efrain Rios Montt stormed out of the court room arguing that the trial is illegal.

Rios Montt's defense lawyers in November 2011 filed a complaint to remove Flores from the case alleging she was biased. Flores charged Rioss Montt with genocide and war crimes in January 2012, a month before she was recused from the case.

Guatemala's constitutional court reinstated her to the case last week.