Guatemala ex-military officials held

Jan 07, 2016, 3:50 AM EST
Source: Stefano Ravalli/flickr
Source: Stefano Ravalli/flickr

The Guatemalan authorities have detained 14 former military officials on charges of human rights abuses during the country's 36-year armed conflict.

The BBC reports:

Among those detained was Manuel Benedicto Lucas Garcia, 83, a former general and brother of former president Fernando Romeo Lucas Garcia. A former minister of the interior was also arrested. Many of the detainees allegedly worked where a mass grave was found. Manuel Benedicto Lucas Garcia is a former army commander said to have been involved in founding Guatemala's paramilitary groups. His brother ruled Guatemala from July 1978 to March 1982. Both face charges of crimes against humanity and being involved in the disappearances of hundreds of people. The Guatemalan attorney general, Thelma Aldana, said they were being detained in connection with the disappearance of at least 558 indigenous people between 1981 and 1988 in a military zone in Coban, in the northern department of Alta Verapaz. She said this was "one of the largest cases of forced disappearances in Latin America".