Thursday, April 1, 2010


According to the Latin American Herald Tribune, a Guatemalan appellate court overturned the decision to grant parole to Col. Byron Disrael Lima Estrada, one of the individuals convicted in the killing of Bishop Juan Gerardi.
Presiding Judge Carlos Contreras said the ruling was reversed due to irregularities in the reports Lima Estrada submitted to secure his release for good behavior.

The irregularities were detected in reports related to a work-and-study program that Lima Estrada supposedly carried out while at the Military Medical Center – a prerequisite for requesting a sentence reduction, Contreras said.

The human rights office of the Guatemala City Archdiocese stated last week that Lima Estrada had been spent two years at the medical center due to alleged “serious health problems” and therefore was unable to perform legally required social work. 

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