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Guatemala dictator's genocide trial delayed after dementia diagnosis

The genocide trial of the former Guatemala dictator, Efrain Rios Montt, was suspended on Tuesday, after the court, which was deciding whether Mr Montt was fit to stand trial, suffered from dementia, reports AFP.

The decision has been postponed until August 25, the judge, Maria Eugenia said on Wednesday.

Mr Montt was found guilty of crimes against humanity and genocide in May 2013, for his role in mass atrocities committed in the 1980s when he was a military dictator.

The ruling was however overturned only 10 days later, on reported judicial errors.

In January 2015, a retrial was suspended before proceedings had even begun, after a motion to change judges was successfully passed. See more here.

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