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Friday, 28 April, 2000, 18:23 GMT 19:23 UK
Spain to probe Guatemala genocide claims

The Spanish High Court is to press ahead with an investigation into several former Guatemalan officers who have been accused of genocide.

The judge leading the inquiry, Guillermmo Ruiz Polanco, rejected a bid by state prosecutors who argued that Spain had no jurisdiction in the matter.

The allegations were filed in Madrid by the Guatemalan Nobel peace prize winner, Rigoberto Menchu, who said she had no chance of receiving justice in her own country.

Among those accused of massacring Mayan Indians are three former military leaders, including General Efrain Rios Montt. Miss Menchu was charged with treason in Guatemala following her decision to pursue the case.

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