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On 28 November 2019, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (FSC) upheld Erwin Sperisen's sentence to 15 years in prison. In Ap...
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Fresh accusations made against Erwin Sperisen in Guatemala

05.11.2018 - (Last modified: 09.11.2018)
The former head of the Guatemalan National Civil Police, who has just appealed to the Federal Court against his 15-year...
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In partnership with the Philip Kirsch Institute and the Canadian Centre for International Justice. Joseph Rikhof is...
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Guatemala: the justice system at risk

07.09.2018 - (Last modified: 19.12.2018)
On August 31, President Jimmy Morales decided not to renew the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity...
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In its ruling of 27 April 2018, the Geneva Court of justice ruled that Erwin Sperisen was an accomplice in the execution...
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The third trial of Erwin Sperisen will open on Monday 16 April 2018 in Geneva. TRIAL International is confident it will...
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Geneva, 12 July 2017. Today, the Federal Tribunal (FT) referred the case to Genevan tribunals without ruling on the guil...
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Carlos Vielmann Montes

25.04.2017 - (Last modified: 10.07.2019)
Facts Carlos Vielmann Montes was born in 1956. He was a Guatemalan politician and Minister of the Interior of Guatemala...
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Carlos Vielman’s acquittal a worrying signal

15.03.2017 - (Last modified: 12.09.2019)
Carlos Vielman, Guatemala’s former Minister of Interior, has been acquitted. He has stood trial in January and February...
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Eighteen months after Erwin Sperisen received a life sentence for the murder of ten prisoners, his hierarchic superior i...
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Erwin Sperisen

16.05.2016 - (Last modified: 12.05.2020)
While Erwin Sperisen was Chief of the National Civil Police (PNC) in Guatemala, numerous crimes were committed by the security forces. In October 2005, after a number of inmates had escaped from Infiernito prison, Mr Sperisen and his colleagues implemented the “Plan Gavilán”, the aim of which was to track down and execute the escapees and then to cover up the crime. T...
Geneva’s justice system has condemned  Erwin Sperisen for 10 murders. The former Guatemalan Chief of Police was found guilty of extrajudicial murders and sentenced to  life imprisonment. For the NGOs that denounced his actions, justice has now been done and this case will stand as an example in the continuing fight against impunity for State crimes. On 12 May 2015...
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