Rape victims speak at Guatemala ex-strongman trial

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Associated Press

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 2 at 3:32 PM

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Victims of sexual assault have told judges at the trial of Guatemala's former U.S.-backed strongman that indigenous women were systematically gang-raped by soldiers and members of paramilitary groups during the country's 36-year civil war.

With their faces covered, the witnesses spoke in their native Ixil language on the eighth day of testimony in the trial of former Gen. Jose Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. The court asked the media not to reveal their names or other identifying information.

One woman testified that she had found four soldiers raping her daughter.

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