Ex-dictator's trial to move to witnesses in Guatemala

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Posted: Apr 14, 2016 8:48 PM

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Guatemalan court hearing the genocide case against former dictator Jose Efrain Rios Montt will temporarily shift its proceedings for testimony from 15 witnesses too old and infirm to travel to the capital.

Prosecutor Erick de Leon said Thursday that the court decided to move to the township of Santa Maria Nebaj in western Guatemala for three days to hear the witnesses.

De Leon says they will testify about murders, displacement and the burning of their fields at the hands of soldiers while Rios Montt ruled the country in 1982 and 1983. Guatemala endured a civil war from 1960 to 1996.

Rios Montt is undergoing a closed-door proceeding after being declared mentally unfit last year. He is accused of genocide in connection with the deaths of 1,771 indigenous Ixile people.