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Jailbreak conspiracy by Guatemalan bishop’s killer?

February 18, 2013

A Guatemalan military officer who was convicted in 2006 for the killing of a Catholic bishop was taken into custody on Friday evening, February 15, outside the prison where he is serving a 20-year sentence.

Byron Lima was one of 4 defendants found guilty of the 1998 murder of Bishop Juan José Gerardi, who was gunned down after releasing a report in which he said the Guatemalan military was responsible for most of the civilian casualties in the country’s long, bloody civil war.

Lima was captured under odd circumstances: driving a military vehicle, accompanied by the director of the prison and accompanied by prison guards. Officials said that he was not attempting escape but going to an authorized dental appointment.

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