Efrain Rios Montt
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Guatemala's Rios Montt found guilty of genocide

A court in Guatemala has found former military leader Efrain Rios Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity.

A three-judge tribunal sentenced the 86-year-old to 80 years in prison.

Rios Montt was convicted of ordering the deaths of 1,771 people of the Ixil Maya ethnic group during his time in office in 1982 and 1983.

Survivors described horrific abuses committed by the army against those suspected of aiding left-wing rebels.

The BBC's Will Grant spoke about the verdict.

  • 11 May 2013