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Former Guatemalan President Avoids Extradition on Genocide Charges


Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt and other top government officials will not be extradited to Spain to face genocide charges.

A Guatemalan high court has ruled Spain does not have jurisdiction to put the former leaders on trial for alleged crimes committed during Guatemala's civil war.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu filed the case nearly a decade ago. Her father died during the war. Menchu criticized the decision Monday saying the court's ruling was proof there was no justice in Guatemala.

Close to 200,000 people, mostly Mayan Indians, were killed by government forces in Guatemala's 36-year civil war.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.