COMMENTS BY A GUATEMALAN (DELETED) REGARDING A HUMAN RIGHTS CASE INVOLVING U.S.

Created: 2/17/1994

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TO- DIRNSA, DEPT OF STATE//FOR INR. DIA WASHINGTON DC. DA WASHINGTON DC. CNO WASHINGTON DC. CMC WASHINGTON DC, CSAF WASHINGTON DC. TREASURY DEPT. WHITE HOUSE SITUATION ROOM. DOEHQ//IN, USCINCSO QUARRT HEICHTS PH.

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CENTRAL intelligence agency

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uatemalan MBSBBHHHfe regarding a

human richts case . citizen diana ortiz

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INCOMMENTED THAT THE FORMER SITE OF THE GUATEMALAN MILITARY ACADEMY (ESCUELA POLITECNICA). LOCATED NEAR . EMBASSY ON AVENIDA LA REFORMA IN ZONEF CUATEMALA CITY, COULD NOT POSSIBLY HAVE BEEN THE LOCATION. CITIZEN DIANARTIZ)) ALLEGES SHE WAS DCTAINED, AND PHYSICALLT AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTED IN9 IT MEMBERS OF AN UNIDENTIFIED GUATEMALAN GOVERNMENT SECURITY FORCE. fJBJJSAID THAT WHILE HE HAD NO SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE OF DETAILS SURROUNDING THIS HUMAN RIGHTS CASE, THE GUATEMALAN PRESS PUBLISHED ORTIZ' PUBLIC COMMENTS3 AND4 THAT SHE HAD BEEN HELD AT THE ESCUELA POL1TECNICA. SaIO ORTIZ COULD NOT POSSIBLT HAVE BEEN DETAINED AT THE ESCUELA POLITECNICA BECAUSE GOVERNMENT INTELLIGENCE SERVICES MOVED OUT OF THE COMPOUND IN

THAT THE FCRMER SITE OF THE GUATEMALAN MILITARY ACADEMY. NOW COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS THE OLD ESCUELA POLITECNICA. WaS THE LOCATION OFDIRECTORATE OP INTELLIGENCE) OF THE GUATEMALAN ARMED FORCES CENERAL STAFF FROM2 UNTIL INOVED OUT OF THE OLD ESCUELA POLITECNICA AND THE SITE WAS TURNED OVER TO (CIVIL-MILITARY AFFAIRS) Oc THE GFN'Pa: STArT. BjJJBfBEJjWB SAIDAD HOLDING OR DETENTION CELLS LOCATEDONVERTED LAUNDRY AT THE OLD ESCUELA POLITECNICA, BUT THAT THESE DETENTION CELLS WERE COMPLETELY DISMANTLED IN3 WHENOVED OUT OF THE LOCATION. HE SAID THAT SINCES, THERE HAS NOT BEEN EITHER AN INTELLIGENCE SERVICE OR ANY FACILITY FOR HOLDINC PERSONS AT THE OLD ESCUELA POLITECNICA.

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COMPETENT TO JUDGE WHETHER OR NOT THE REST OF THE DETAILS OF THE ORTIZ CASE ARE ACCURATE. HE IS CERTAIN THAT ORTIZ ERRED IN IDENTIFYING THE OLD ESCUELA POLITECNICA AS THE SITE WHERE SHE WAS DETAINED. HE SPECULATED THAT ORTIZ MAY HAVE BEEN SHOWN THE SITE BY PERSONS INTERESTED IN ASSISTING HER TO FORTIFY HER CASE aCAINST THE GUATEMALAN GOVERNMENT AND WHO WOULD HAVE KNOWN THE SITE WAS FORMERLY ASSOCIATED WITH GOVERNMENT SECURITY FORCES. HE ADDED THAT ORTIZ, HOWEVER, WAS APPARENTLY GRASPING AT STRAWS IN IDENTIFYING THE OLD ESCUELA POLITECNICA AS THE SITE OF HER ALLEGED DETENTION.

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