A naturalised Canadian and US citizen, wanted in Guatemala on charges of war crimes, has been arrested in Canada.
Jorge Vinicio Orantes Sosa, 52, is wanted in Guatemala for the killing of 251 men, women and children during the Central American nation’s civil war in the early 1980s.
Sosa, a karate expert, was arrested by 8 police officers but he was apparently compliant during his arrest.
Sosa is one of 17 men sought by the Guatemalan government for their alleged involvement in the commando unit responsible for the massacre at a village called Dos Erres in December 1982.
An indictment by the United States District Court for the Central District of California alleges that Sosa was the commanding officer of the special commando unit sent to the village.
“The special unit proceeded to systematically kill the men, women and children at Dos Erres, by among other methods, hitting them on the head with a sledgehammer and throwing them into a well,” reads the indictment.
“Members of the special patrol also forcibly raped many of the women and girls before killing them. Defendant Jorge Sosa participated in the crimes committed at Dos Erres, including but not limited to murder.”
A question which needs answering is how did a war crimes suspect manage to receive both US and Canadian citizenship?