Latin America

Former Guatemalan Military Ruler's Genocide Trial Begins

Efrain Rios Montt denies the charges

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The trial of the former military ruler of Guatemala, Efrain Rios Montt, for genocide and crimes against humanity has begun in Guatemala City.

During Mr Rios Montt's 17-month rule in the 1980s, more than 1,700 indigenous people are thought to have been killed.

The UN says it is the first time a former head of state has faced a national court for such crimes—rights activists say the trial is "historic".