CASE OF GUATEMALAN ANTHROPOLOGIST MIRNA CHANG

Created: 1/1/1993

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highly UNLIKELY that BOjL de jesus setsta! ) alvarez. thi person

accuses or murdering Guatemalan anthropologistacxi> qumg.

was actually the author CF ths crime. ths CASS has olitical CAUSE cele3ri. resulting in' intense prxsiuke on the national police TO solve IT. this PRE* sum. rather than ANY hard

. tske NAMING of betsta a3uspect. LD COMMENT: THE OPDER of THI arrest cf 3steta mas HEADLINED IN the press CURING tke FIRST WEEK cf july.)

2. BETETAsm3er OF the guatemalan army cn active duty withy department of THE presidential general staff (ds.sm?i os 12 septem3sr when PACK kaj hurdep.ei . 3efcre serving with the -SIM?, HEzm3er of the national police. WORKING in THE department OF criminal investigation (dic). at the TIME of the murder. bsteta WAS CN medical leave FROM the osem? because ERIOUS injur: to kis right hand. he was treated for the INJURY FROM0 onward UNTIL kis discharge from the army CNCTOBERecause OF infections and OTHER complications. he was una3le TO RETURN to FULL DUTY during this TIME. HI WAS discharged FROM THE army AFTER ks HAD ignored several direct orders to present KIKS elf at the DSIM? headquarters.

3. there IS NO hard evidence pointing TO bsteta AS THS KILLER OF PACK, AND THE NATIONAL POLICE HAVE named HIMUBJECT APPARENTLY BECAUSE HEUPERFICIAL PHYSICAL RESe>3LANCE to DESCRIPTIONS of ONE OF THE ALLEGED KILLERS. AS bsteta IS WELL-KNOWNEMBER OF THE dssm? WHO left THE LATTER SHORTLY after THE MURDER. THE NATIONAL POLICE APPARENTLY CONCLUDED HI WOULD SUSPECT AS any OTHER. tke fact BETetaO LONGER IS GUATEMALA. CR AT LEAST CANNOT 3s LOCATED, ISCRSASSD kis ATTRACTIVENESSUSPECT. by NAMING KIM. THE PRESSURE ON THE POLICE HAS TEMPORARILY EASED. (SOURCE COMMENT: THERE IS NO LOVE LOST BETWEEN THS NATIONAL POLICE ANO OSSMP. THS ALLEGED "POLITICAL" NATURE OF THE KILLING OF MACK WOULD NATURALLY LEAD TO THE DSEM?ACCUSED OF POSSIBLE INVOLVEMENT IN tke CRIME. THE OTHER ORGANIZATION LIKELY TO BE ACCUSED WQULD SE THE OUATsMALAN MILITARY INTELLIGENCE SERVICE. THE DIRECTORATE OF INTELLIGENCE OF THS ARMY GENERAL. THE POLICE. UNABLE TO UNCOVER ANY REAL LEADS IN THS CASE. SIMPLY LOOKED AROUND IKELY SUSPECT WITH TIES TO ONS OF THE TWO MILITARY INTELLIGENCE SERVICES.}

comment: 3etsta was in no physical conditiona personnife at ths tims the crime wasinformation about his injuries is not known to ths police yet,

5it it willresented to tksm when an official request is^ESLbHbIB -he doctors who treated 3eteta willable tc testifyhese facts;. it is entirely possible that mack was murderso "or

political Motives, and some organization or the Guatemalan security

forces was involved. these is, however. no evidence of this available at this tims. it is just assi3ls that mack mas murdered rime of passion. cmmonry or assault. or by her colleagues on the political left. the political pressure surrounding the case has generated the charges against 3eteta. now7 the country. and the various players involved in ths case are more interested is' political considerations thanerious criminal investigation. the final word on" ths cass at this tims iscdy knows who killed mack or why.)

comment: this is one of the "hot* human inheritederrano from the previous government. thschang case is at the top of the list for influentialrights and academic organizations. ths gog is international pressurevs this cass sccn. is discussed in ths state department's0 country humanon guatemala.)

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