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Group wants accused Guatemalan war criminal's Canadian citizenship revoked

Group wants accused Guatemalan war criminal's Canadian citizenship revoked
By Bill Graveland, The Canadian PressJanuary 24, 2013

CALGARY - A human rights group wants the Canadian government to take immediate steps to revoke the citizenship of an accused Guatemalan war criminal who lost his bid to have the Supreme Court of Canada review his extradition to the United States.

Jorge Vinicio Orantes Sosa was arrested while visiting family in Lethbridge, Alta., two years ago. The 54-year-old was ordered extradited to the United States to face immigration charges. He's accused of lying to immigration officials about his military past when he applied for U.S. citizenship and was deported to the United States last September.

Many of the villagers were killed with sledgehammers. The women and girls were raped and their bodies thrown down the village well, the hearing heard. No stolen weapons were found. Sosa has denied being in the village that day.

An Alberta judge disagreed.
"The evidence from the massacre at Dos Erres clearly establishes that Sosa was present and involved and actively participated in the killings with a sledgehammer, a firearm and a grenade,'' said Court of Queen's Justice Neil Wittmann in granting the extradition order.

"It is hard for this court to comprehend these murderous acts of depraved cruelty.''

More: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Supreme+Court+rejects+appeal+request+from+Guatemalan/7866153/story.html#ixzz2J4CFwFq2

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