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Guatemala court orders dictator to restand late part of trial

Guatemala's top court has overturned the genocide conviction of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, ordering that the trial be taken back to the middle of the proceedings. The ruling on Monday threw into disarray a process that had been hailed as historic for delivering the first guilty verdict for genocide against a former Latin American leader.

Wednesday, 22 May, 2013, 4:21am

Genocide trial of former Guatemalan leader Rios Montt opens with high drama

Former Guatemalan dictator José Efrain Rios Montt has gone on trial on genocide charges over the killing of almost 1,800 indigenous people during the dark days of his country's civil war. The trial of the 86-year-old former strongman, who could face five decades in prison, had a raucous opening on Tuesday with the three-judge court rejecting several defence motions for a postponement, and expelling a lawyer representing Rios Montt.

21 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov laments about burden of Instagram

Chechnya's leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has a difficult life. Not only is he the ruler of an impoverished country only now rebuilding itself after years of bitter civil war but he is also regularly forced to fend off accusations of rampant human rights abuses and runaway corruption.

6 Mar 2013 - 3:43am

I gave Haitians a decent life, saysex-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier angrily defended his rule at a hearing on whether he can be charged with crimes against humanity.

2 Mar 2013 - 3:53am

Intellectual calls for constitution to ditch 'dictatorship of the proletariat'

Cao Siyuan told a seminar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Thursday that doing away with the clause on the "people's democratic dictatorship" would amount to "removing a threat of death" hanging over the nation. "It will bestow freedom from fear on 1.3 billion citizens," he said.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:47am 4 comments