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US: Guatemalan soldier accused of massacre must face justic

The USA must charge or extradite a former Guatemalan soldier involved in a massacre in his home country, Amnesty International said.

Jorge Vinicio Sosa Orantes was sentenced to 10 years in prison for omitting to mention his membership of an army unit which killed more than 200 people in the town of Dos Erres in 1982, while applying for citizenship in the USA.

“In addition to immigration violations, Sosa Orantes has a case to answer for war crimes. The US authorities must extradite him to Guatemala or prosecute him in the USA for crimes against international law,” said Sebastian Elgueta, Guatemala researcher at Amnesty International.

“Governments across the world have a responsibility to ensure those suspected of having committed human rights abuses face justice, wherever they are.”

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