A judge in Guatemala issued arrest warrants for ten people accused of kidnapping, torture, rape and murder in 1984.
CITY OF GUATEMALA – A judge in Guatemala issued arrest warrants on Thursday for 10 people accused of kidnapping, torture, rape and murder in 1984.
The crimes came to light because of a police document he called the “Military Diary” that year.
Judge Miguel Ángel Gálvez confirmed the arrest warrants, but did not determine who the suspects were. Prosecutors confirmed that all 10 had been arrested.
A source close to the case, who could not speak about it, said that at least one army general and two civilians were among those arrested.
A document that appeared in 1999 describes the disappearances, ill-treatment and deaths of more than 190 people during Guatemala’s 1960-1996 civil war.
The 74-page typed document includes notes in codes such as “300,” which experts later discovered meant “killed.” The document contains 99 names with this code.
One victim has been described as a suspected left-wing guerrilla, Prudencio de Jesús Carrera Camey. He was detained for two weeks and killed. He was 15 years old.
Another record records the detention of university professor Rudy Gustavo Figueroa Muñoz. Kidnapped on October 12, 1984, held for 52 days; his family did not know where he was until his body appeared in December. The note “300” appeared next to his name.
His son Rudy Figueroa was 11 when his father disappeared: “My younger brother was born while in custody. He never met him. “
Some detainees included in the report survived, but others were never heard from again.
More than 200,000 people died in the civil war, which ended with the 1996 peace agreement. But more than 45,000 people are still missing.