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Genocide dictator found guilty

Former Guatemalan leader Efrain Rios Montt has been sentenced to 80 years in prison after being found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity during the bloodiest phase of the country's 36-year civil war.

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Former Guatemalan dictator found guilty of genocide

A Guatemalan court has found former dictator Efrain Rios Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity during the bloodiest phase of a 36-year civil war.

It was the first time a former head of state has been found guilty of genocide in his or her own country.

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt during his genocide trial. Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

Rios Montt, 86, took power after a coup in 1982, and is accused of implementing a scorched earth policy in which troops massacred thousands of indigenous villagers.

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