GUATEMALA CITY – In a historic ruling, a Guatemalan court has convicted a former army officer and a former military commissioner for the sexual enslavement of women during the country's civil war. It sentenced the men to 120 years and 240 years in prison respectively.
Friday's ruling is the first time that a local court has handed down such a judgment for those crimes.
The retired officer, Esteelmer Reyes Giron was found guilty of holding 15 women in sexual and domestic slavery and for killing one woman and her two daughters.
Heriberto Valdez Asij, a civilian with military functions, was convicted for the same enslavement, as well as the forced disappearance of seven men.
The victims testified to the abuse they suffered during six months in 1982 and 1983 at a military base.