By ab, submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 24/03/2005 - 17:19
Guatemala's appeals court has reduced by 10 years the sentences of two former army officers convicted for the 1998 murder of Catholic Bishop Juan Gerardi. The bishop was bludgeoned to death soon after presenting a report blaming the army for almost all atrocities during Guatemala's civil war in 1960-1996. Bishop Gerardi was the head of the Roman Catholic Church's human rights office that presented the damning report. At least 150,000 people are believed to have been killed in Guatemala's civil war, and more than 50,000 disappeared.