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Guatemala genocide trial resumes for ex-dictator Rios Montt

October 13, 2017

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2015 file photo, Guatemala's former dictator Jose Efrain Rios Montt arrives on a gurney to court where he faces charges of genocide and crimes against humanity in Guatemala City. The genocide trial of former Guatemala dictator Jose Efrain Rios Montt has resumed behind closed doors as the 90-year-old retired general faces charges related to the killing of 1,771 Ixil Indians during his brief time in power. The proceedings restarted Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, after being suspended for more than a year as his lawyers argued that he was too senile to participate. (AP Photo/Luis Soto, File)

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The genocide trial of former Guatemala dictator Jose Efrain Rios Montt resumed behind closed doors Friday as the 90-year-old retired general faces charges related to the killing of 1,771 Ixil Indians during his brief time in power.

The proceedings restarted after being suspended for more than a year while his lawyers argued that he was too senile to participate.

Rios Montt ruled from March 1982 to August 1983. His lawyers contend his faculties have deteriorated significantly, leaving him with no memory and unable to make decisions.

Rios Montt was convicted of genocide in 2013 and sentenced to 80 years in prison, but the country’s Constitutional Court threw out that conviction and ordered a new trial.

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