GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's Constitutional Court has denied an appeal by lawyers for Efrain Rios Montt that sought to have the ex-dictator's trial for genocide and crimes against humanity called off.
The ruling confirms a Jan. 11 date for the special proceeding, which is to take place behind closed doors.
Rios Montt is accused of responsibility for the killings of 1,771 indigenous Ixil people by troops during his 1982-83 regime. He was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 80 years. But the conviction was thrown out and a new trial ordered.
Rios Montt has since been declared unfit for a regular trial due to dementia. So January's proceeding can only establish guilt or innocence and will not result in a sentence. He is not expected to attend, with lawyers representing him instead.
The decision was announced late Monday.
This story has been corrected to reflect that the ruling was announced late Monday, not Tuesday.