DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     October 9-11, 1998     vol. 9, no. 198

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GUATEMALA OFFICIALS DISPUTE ACCUSATIONS IN BISHOP MURDER

          GUATEMALA CITY (CWNews.com) - Guatemalan military leaders on Tuesday criticized a human rights group for its claim that soldiers were responsible for the April 26 murder of Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera.

          A statement issued on Tuesday said Factor Mendez should present evidence of his claims to prosecutors rather than simply making public claims. Bishop Gerardi was killed two days after presenting a report which blamed the military for most of the deaths during the country's 36-year civil war. Although initial suspicions pointed toward retribution, prosecutors eventually arrested and charged a priest who lived with the bishop at the time.

          Mendez said his activist group has "irrefutable documents" pointing to military involvement.


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