Photo: Xeni Jardin
[Guatemala City] -- Above: Elena Caba Ijom of Nebaj, El Quiché, Guatemala, reads news about the trial as all of us in the courtroom here await a verdict in the genocide trial of Rios Montt and Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez.
The judges are expected to announce their decision at 4pm local time, despite new calls for annulment from a lower court.
Ms. Caba Ijom told this reporter she was 8 years old when her entire family was killed by the Army in 1982. Soldiers then tied her hands and feet and threw her into a river, breaking her legs.
"I survived," she said.
Photo: Xeni Jardin
There are well over a hundred Ixil here, many reporters from Guatemalan and foreign press, international observers, and supporters of co-defendants Ríos Montt and Rodriguez Sanchez.
The former US-backed dictator and his then-chief of intelligence are charged with genocide and crimes against humanity. Both men say they are innocent.
Photo: Xeni Jardin
Above, Maria Sajiq (L) and Ana Laynez Herrera of Nebaj, Quiché, Guatemala (R). Ms. Sajiq was among the survivors Miles O'Brien and I interviewed in Nebaj recently, for a PBS NewsHour report.
Here are more snapshots I’ve tweeted from the Ríos Montt genocide trial. And, here are more on Instagram.
FOLLOW THE TRIAL ONLINE:
Follow the proceedings with live-tweets from the courtroom by NISGUA, Plaza Publica, and the OSIJ's trial monitoring account.
You can also follow them and others on this Twitter list I made.
Watch live video feed here or listen to live audio feed here.
PREVIOUSLY ON BOING BOING
• Guatemala coverage archives
•1983 "MacNeil/Lehrer Report" on debate over military aid to Ríos Montt's regime
• 1982 MacNeil/Lehrer on reports Ríos Montt committed atrocities against Ixil Maya
• "I am innocent," Ríos Montt tells court in genocide trial, breaking silence
• Ríos Montt trial enters final phase, 75 years sought for genocide, crimes against humanity
• The science behind historic genocide trial of General Ríos Montt: PBS NewsHour video report
• Guatemalan Government declares State of Siege after Mining Protests: PBS NewsHour video report
• PBS NewsHour reporter's notebook: Guatemala—Why We Cannot Turn Away
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