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The FBI has opened a criminal inquiry into allegations that the U-S National Security Agency or Army intelligence destroyed files relating to the death of an American innkeeper in Guatemala in 1990 and of a Guatemalan rebel leader.
Following claims of CIA involvement U-S President Clinton has also ordered an investigation into allegations surrounding the deaths of three other Americans in Guatemala dating back ten years.
The widow of the American innkeeper allegedly killed by a Guatemalan army colonel on the C-I-A payroll spoke exclusively to APTV.
She asked that the United States government explain why her husband's real killers have never been brought to justice.
Carole Devine lives in what might - at first sight - seem tranquil surroundings.
But five years ago, Carole Devine's husband Michael disappeared from the inn they ran together.
Devine said she went to the local army garrison and asked the commanding Colonel Julio Roberto Alpirez if he knew where her husband was.
"I believe he (Capt. Contreras) sent the killers out of Flores to Poptun to kill my husband. And then they were given shelter and food, maybe instructions, by Alpirez. So Alpirez had a chance to stop the murder and he didn't."
SUPER CAPTION: Carole Devine, Widow
Michael Devine's body was found on a roadside near his home, his hands tied and his head nearly severed.
In 1993, army intelligence officer Captain Hugo Contreras was tried
and convicted of masterminding Devine's killing.
Contreras escaped from a military barracks soon afterward and has not been recaptured.
"Colonel Alpirez was implicated in the cover-up and he could have stopped the killing and he didn't. Because he didn't that for me is the same as if he had done the killing himself with his own hands."
SUPER CAPTION: Carole Devine
According to Guatemalan government documents, Alpirez has never been interrogated in connection with Devine's killing.
Alpirez is presently the second in command at a Guatemalan air base.
"If Michael's death can bring an improvement in the human rights situation here in Guatemala then it won't have been for naught. And I feel I should do everything I can because I love Guatemala very much, to help the people. Because it is out of control , just like the CIA is out of control. In Guatemala there's killings and kidnappings all the time and nobody is ever captured . High officials, if they are implicated they always get off. We have to end impunity."
SUPER CAPTION: Carole Devine
Jennifer Harbury is also demanding information from the U-S government on the death of her husband, Efrain Bamaca Velasquez.
At a Washington news conference Thursday Harbury accused the CIA of covering up for the Guatemalan military leaders who allegedly tortured and killed her husband.
"Our government has always covered up for Guatemalan army. We funded them, we trained them, we put them in power, we have kept them in power. The million dollar question is why, and that's what I hope the Congress and Senate will set about to find out."
SUPER CAPTION: Jennifer Harbury
President Clinton has directed a government board to conduct an investigation into the allegations of C-I-A involvement and cover-up in the deaths and abuse of Americans in Guatemala.
"We are looking into all the allegations... I've taken exceptional steps to make sure that there is a good investigation and to make sure that the records are secure."
SUPER CAPTION: US President Bill Clinton
Human rights groups promise to keep the pressure up until the Guatemalan authorities end their abuses.
This nun told reporters how members of the Guatemalan military tortured her.
"They interrogated me and burnt my back with cigarettes 111 times. They raped me numerous times. They poured wine on me and used and abused my body in horrible ways. "
SUPER CAPTION: Sister Diana Ortiz
The F-B-I inquiry has been triggered by an anonymous letter apparently from someone inside the top secret National Security Agency, or N-S-A.
It alleges the Army and the N-S-A shredded documents on the killings and that the Army itself may have played a role in the murders.