The General Speaks at the Genocide Trial
Prosecutors gave final arguments. They are asking for 75 years in jail for Rios Montt, 86
|Rios Montt's daughter Zury, center in photo left, and Ixil Maya survivors, watch Rios Montt speak|
"I was chief of state and I had a staff called a cabinet," the general said, insisting he had no direct command over the violence. "I was a head of state, not a zone chief, " he said. Local commanders possessed autonomy. "What did I do wrong?" he asked. I fulfilled my responsibility."
|In his summation, Rios Montt's lawyer Francisco Garcia Gudiel questioned the capacity and education of most prosecution expert witnesses, including the Guatemalan forensic anthropologists who have unearthed thousands of remains of the slain. Rios Montt addressed his remarks to journalists who squatted before him or knelt or sat in a circle to get the best shot. After 20 minutes, Judge Barrios directed the General to speak to the bench. The court has only to hear a statement from Rodriguez, beginning early morning May 10.|