GUATEMALA: TWO MEN EXECUTED BY FIRING SQUAD
Date: 13/09/1996 04:00 AM
Canada prison, near Escuintla, 50 kms south of Guatemala City, Guatemala, 13th September 1996
1. Close up of prisoners' hands through bars
2. Prisoners taken out
3. Prisoners escorted to the execution site
4. Soldiers tie them to posts
5. Cutaway photographers
6. Midshot of prisoners, zoom out to wide shot of execution
7. Zoom in to one of prisoners who didn't die
8. Soldier firing pistol at prisoner's head
9. Priests blessing dead prisoners
10. Coffins being brought in.
KEYWORDS: GRAPHIC VIOLENCE
Two men were executed in Guatemala on Friday by a firing squad.
The two were sentenced to death for the kidnap, rape and murder of a four-year-old girl three years ago.
The execution was the first to take place in Guatemala in 13 years.
Roberto Giron, 49, and Pedro Castillo Mendoza, 39, were sentenced to death for the murder of a four-year-old girl.
These men kidnapped, raped and then killed Sonia Marisol Alvarez on the 18 April 1993.
Today (Friday) the execution took place at 12.00 G-M-T, in Canada prison, near Escuintla, 50 kms south of Guatemala City, after all appeals failed.
The execution had been suspended twice before, following an appeal by the Inter- American Commission for Human Rights of the Organization of American States (O-A- S).
The appeal was denied by Guatemalan Supreme Court.
Guatemalan President, Alvaro Arzu, prevented another appeal by the American Human Rights Convention.
He also denied a late petition by Pope John Paul II.
The last executions in the country happened in March 1983 during General Jose Efrain Rios Montt's government.