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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 8, 2001


Guatemala: Gerardi Trial Guilty Verdicts

The United States welcomes the conclusion of the trial of those found guilty of brutally murdering Guatemalan Bishop Juan Gerardi on April 26, 1998. The guilty verdicts send a strong signal that justice ultimately will prevail in such human rights cases in Guatemala. The United States recognizes the courage demonstrated by the judges, prosecutors, witnesses, and others who took part in this difficult trial, despite threats of intimidation against them. We note Guatemala’s efforts to provide for their security during the trial, and urge the Government to take all necessary measures to ensure their safety from retaliation. We support the recommendation of the judges that the Guatemalan Attorney General’s Office continue its investigations into the remaining unclarified elements of the case. We also encourage the Government of Guatemala to continue its efforts to strengthen the rule of law by addressing other unresolved human rights cases.

Released on June 8, 2001

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