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Thursday, December 17, 1998 Published at 19:04 GMT

World: Americas

Former Nobel laureate defends book

The Guatemalan human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rigoberta Menchu, has condemned suggestions that parts of her autobiography were fabricated.

In an interview with the Guatemalan newspaper, Prensa Libre, Mrs Menchu said that events in the book -- I Rigoberta Menchu -- which outlined the hardships and injustices suffered by her family, were wholly accurate.

On Tuesday, the New York Times published reports that suggested Mrs Menchu could not have experienced many of the events in her autobiography.

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