ICE arrests former Guatemalan special forces member linked to 1980s massacre
HYATTSVILLE, Md. – A former member of the Guatemalan army, whom witnesses say participated in a massacre there more than three decades ago that claimed over 200 lives, was arrested today by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and charged in immigration court with having assisted or otherwise participated in extrajudicial killings during that massacre.
Jose Mardoqueo Ortiz Morales, 54, was arrested by special agents from HSI’s Baltimore office. As a former member of an elite Guatemalan army unit known as the Kaibiles, Ortiz Morales is wanted in his native country on criminal charges for murder, war crimes, and crimes against humanity for his role in the Dos Erres massacre.
Guatemalan authorities allege Ortiz Morales was among some 20 Kaibiles who murdered more than 200 men, women, and children in the village of Las Dos Erres in December 1982. The Kaibiles went to the remote Guatemalan settlement in search of insurgents allegedly responsible for the ambush of an army convoy nearby that left 20 soldiers dead. Insurgents also allegedly made off with 21 military rifles. The Kaibiles arrived in the village in the middle of the night, and began searching for the missing weapons, forcing residents from their homes to interrogate them. No military rifles were recovered.https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-arrests-former-guatemalan-special-forces-member-linked-1980s-massacre