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Friday, January 29, 1999 Published at 01:40 GMT

World: Americas

Inter-American court hears case of murdered children

The Inter-American Court on Human Rights is hearing its first case in whichchildren are alleged to have been the victims of human rights abuse.

The case against the state of Guatemala involves the alleged torture and killing of five children in Guatemala city in 1990.

The man who brought the case to the international court, Bruce Harris, says the police used clandestine detention centres for street children.

The legal representatives for the government say the case has already been investigated by the Guatemalan courts, which ordered the release of two policemen for lack of evidence.

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