Pedro García Arredondo has just begun in Guatemala. García, who was captured just over one year ago, has two charges pending against him: forced disappearance and dereliction of duty in the 1981 forced disappearance of university student Edgar Sáenz Calito.
On Thursday, a former agent of Command Six which García ran testified that Calito Saenz was indeed arrested on March 4, 1981 for carrying propaganda that belonged to the Organization of People in Arms (ORPA). He was interrogated by Garcia's investigators at police headquarters.
Another witness, Saenz's wife, said that her husband remained in custody until June 9, 1981. At that point he was released for lack of evidence. However, he was kidnapped by four armed men minutes after his release from Command Six, never to be seen again.
According to the Prosecution, García planned and coordinated Sáenz Calito's capture and disappearance. Edgar Sáenz Calito was disappeared and, most likely, tortured and murdered like thousands of other Guatemalans by agents of the state. It doesn't matter that he was carrying subversive ORPA materials. He was not armed. He was not tried and convicted. And, even if he was, that's not the way one treats another human being.