Pedro Pimentel Rios, Accused in Civil War Atrocity, Deported to Guatemala
Pedro Pimentel Rios, 54, an erstwhile maintenance worker from Santa Ana, has been deported to Guatemala to stand trial for his involvement in the most notorious massacre of that country's civil war. Along with several other suspects who have been rounded up in the US, Canada and Guatemala in recent years, Rios was a member of the elite Kaibiles, a special forces squad that committed some of the worst human rights violations of the war, and which in 1982 wiped out the entire village of Dos Erres in spectacularly brutal fashion.
The news that Rios lost his bid to avoid deportation came in the form of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) press release issued yesterday, which stated that Rios was flown to Guatemala yesterday and immediately placed in custody by police there. For a more detailed account of the massacre Rios is alleged to have helped carry out, you can read ICE's press release or check out our original blog post on Rios.
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