Guatemala Prison Riot Kills 13 Including Murderer of a Catholic Bishop

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According to the “The Straits Times,” 13 people were killed on July 18, 2016, in a prison riot at the Pavon prison in Guatemala. Among those who were killed, is former soldier Byron Lima. Lima was imprisoned in 1998, for his role in killing the Roman Catholic bishop, Juan Jose Gerardi, almost 20 years ago.

Lima was convicted in 2001 and had been serving a 20-year prison sentence. Lima’s father and a former colonel were also convicted of the murder of Bishop Gerardi. During Lima’s time at the prison, he was thought to be one of the most powerful inside the Guatemala’s prison system.

A judge charged Lima in 2014, with leading a criminal network that helped him control life in prison. The criminal networking allowed Lima to arrange inmate transfers, conjugal visits, and access to phones.

Interior Minister Fransico Rivas says that Lima died while fighting other inmates. The fight inside the prison is believed to be linked to Guatemalan drug lord Marvin Montiel Marin (El Taqero) after authorities threw a grenade at the inmate’s security detail. Marin has been in the prison since 2008, for the killing of 15 Nicaraguans and a Dutch national.

Written by Tracy Blake
Edited by Cathy Milne

Sources:

The Straits Times:  13 killed in Guatemala prison riot: Officials
InSight Crime: ‘King’ of Guatemala, Byron Lima is killed in Prison

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