Mob storms Guatemala police station, frees paramilitaries
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- More than 400 people stormed a jail in a
police station and freed 12 ex-paramilitaries who had been convicted of
killing a peasant during Guatemala's civil war, police said.
The mob entered the station Friday in Huehuetenango, 80 miles northeast
Guatemala City, beat eight agents and freed the paramilitaries, said police
official Carlos Enrique Merida.
The 12, former members of the Civil Self-Defense Patrols, were convicted
of killing Juan Chanay Pablo in 1993. They were sentenced to 25 years in
1998. It was not known why they hadn't been transferred to a regional
Merida said the mob probably took the men to their municipality,
Colotenango, 18 miles west of Huehuetenango.
The paramilitary group was formed in 1981 to assist the army in fight a
war against leftist guerrillas. They were demobilized in 1996 under the peace
process that ended the 36-year war.