Guatemala arrests suspects in murder of human rights advocate

crime | Jun 11, 2014 | By Martin Barillas

Myrna Mack Chang (1949-1990)
Authorities in Guatemala announced the arrest of three suspects in the 1990 murder of Myrna Mack Chang. Currently, one army officer is serving time in prison for his involvement in the murder of the Guatemalan anthropologist who was outspoken in denouncing the Central American republic’s military campaign in which thousands of Mayan peasants were killed in the name of stopping Communism.
 
On June 10, National Civilian Police spokesman Pablo Castillo named the suspects as Julio David López Aguilar (50), José Miguel González Grijalva (49), and Alberto Encarnación Ramos Rabanales (38). The trio is accused of allegedly killing Chang on September 11, 1990. The victim was stabbed to death. At least one other suspect, a soldier, is still at large.
 
Mack Chang founded in Guatemala the Association for the Advancement of Social Sciences (AVANCSO) and was celebrated for her work in cultural anthropology as well as advocating human rights.

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

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