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8 former military officers to face trial in Guatemala over mass graves

A Guatemala court on Tuesday ordered either former members of the military to face trial for crimes against humanity and forced disappearances committed during the civil war which occurred during 1960 till 1996.

The charges related to mass graves found in the western region of the country, believed to hold the remains of over 565 Mayan people who were held at the former military base of Creompaz.

The hearing is scheduled to begin next Tuesday, with Judge Jasmin Barrios, who oversaw the genocide trial of Efrain Rios Montt in charge. The men could face up to 50 years in prison, if convicted.

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