Rios Montt denies he ordered genocide

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Guatemala's former dictator Jose Efrain Rios Montt walks away after having his opportunity to speak at his genocide trial in Guatemala City, Thursday, May 9, 2013. The 86-year-old ex-general says he never ordered attacks against "a race,"denying he ordered the extermination of Ixil Mayas. Prosecutors say that while in power, Rios Montt was aware of, and thus responsible for, the slaughter of at least 1,771 Ixil Mayas in the towns of San Juan Cotzal, San Gaspar Chajul and Santa Maria Nebaj in Guatemala's western highlands. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt denied Thursday that he ordered the extermination of Ixil Mayas as he testified for the first time at his genocide trial.


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