Guatemalan judge sentences three police officers for illegally detaining journalist in 2014

  • Source: EFE
  • February 1, 2024

“A criminal judge in Guatemala found three members of the National Civil Police (PNC, for its acronym in Spanish) guilty this Wednesday [Jan. 31] for the illegal detention of journalist Norma Sancir in 2014.

The sentencing judge Jorge Ochoa, of the department (province) of Chiquimula, about 155 miles from Guatemala City, convicted the three police officers of abuse of authority and imposed a sentence of three years and nine months in prison, commutable.


Sancir, 43 years old and with a decade of journalistic experience, was detained for four days on Sept. 18, 2014, when she was documenting the eviction of an Indigenous community in the border area between Guatemala and Honduras.”

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