April 1, 2018 / 5:51 PM / 23 days ago

Former Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt dies aged 91 - lawyer

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Former Guatemalan military dictator Efrain Rios Montt died on Sunday morning aged 91, his lawyer Luis Rosales said.

FILE PHOTO: Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt smiles during his genocide trial, which is drawing to a conclusion, at the Supreme Court of Justice in Guatemala City, Guatemala May 8, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez/File Photo

Rios Montt, who ruled Guatemala for some 17 months from 1982 to 1983, was in 2013 convicted of genocide for his bloody stewardship of the Central American nation during its civil war. However, judges threw out the sentence barely a week later.

Reporting by Sofia Menchu; Editing by Christine Murray

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