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18 Dec 2014

Centre for Environmental, Social and Legal Action (CALAS), MiningWatch Canada, Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA)

Tahoe Resources’ former security manager to be tried in Guatemalan court

…[A] Guatemalan judge [has] decided that Tahoe’s former security manager, Alberto Rotondo, should stand trial for his role in a shooting attack on peaceful protesters in April of last year…Rotondo…was arrested…and charged with allegedly having ordered the attack…[T]he judge ruled that Rotondo should stand trial on charges of causing serious and minor bodily harm…, as well as for obstruction of justice. If convicted, Rotondo could face up to 28 years in prison. The evidentiary hearing is scheduled for February 3, 2015. “This decision sets an important precedent…[I]t will allow the Public Prosecutor and the victims to demonstrate the premeditated and aggressive way in which Rotondo orchestrated the attack, as well as the responsibility of Guatemalan authorities in its planning and execution,” explained [the]…Director of the Centre for Environmental, Social and Legal Action…