The Molina Theissen Trial in the Courts of Guatemala

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This briefing paper and factsheet provide background information on the trial in Guatemala City of five retired senior Guatemalan military officers, over crimes against humanity allegedly committed in 1981 against members of the Molina Theissen family during the country's civil conflict.  

The charges arise from the illegal detention, torture, and rape of Emma Molina Theissen, and the enforced disappearance of her 14-year-old brother, Marco Antonio Molina Theissen.

The case is highly significant because those charged include former generals previously believed to be untouchable. Most prominent are former army Chief of Staff Benedicto Lucas García and former head of military intelligence, Manuel Callejas y Callejas.

Their trial, together with three other former military and intelligence officials, is scheduled to begin in Guatemala City before High Risk Court “C” on March 1, 2018.