Guatemala to offer Spanish court information on killings
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Guatemala's human rights prosecutor
said Wednesday he will provide a Spanish court with all the information he
has collected during investigations into massacres detailed in a criminal
complaint filed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu.
Spain's National Court announced late last month it is investigating a
brought by the 1992 Nobel Laureate charging eight former Guatemalan leaders
with serious human rights violations.
The criminal complaint looks to try the leaders -- three of whom are former
heads of state -- for their roles in the 1980 arson of the Spanish Embassy in
Guatemala City; the slaying of four Spanish priests in western Guatemala; and
the deaths of most of Menchu's own family.
The prosecutor's office will do anything it can to make that investigation
smoothly, Julio Arango, Guatemala's prosecutor for human rights, said
In a prepared statement, the Guatemala City-based Rigoberta Menchu Foundation
said it "recognizes the efforts of the human rights prosecutor and his search for
Though it was encouraged by Arango's forthcoming cooperation with the
Spanish court, the group concluded that, "it is still not possible for Guatemala's
courts to even aspire to try these genocide cases."