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Extradition request filed for former Guatemalan minister

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Carlos Vielmann is accused of extrajudicial killings in Guatemala
  • He was arrested in Spain
  • A court order blocked an extradition attempt, but it was overturned

(CNN) -- Guatemala's Foreign Ministry on Thursday filed an extradition request with Spain so that former Guatemalan interior minister Carlos Vielmann may face charges of alleged extrajudicial killings.

Vielmann had been arrested by Spanish authorities, but a court in Guatemala had issued a protective order that barred an extradition request from going through. The protective order was overturned Wednesday, and as soon as the Supreme Court forwarded its decision to the Foreign Ministry, it got the wheels rolling on the request.

Vielmann is accused of ordering the killings of three inmates who escaped from the El Infiernito prison in October 2005 and seven inmates who were part of an uprising at the El Pavon prison in September 2006.

The Interior Ministry and the police said at the time that they had been killed during confrontations with the prison authorities, Amnesty International reported earlier this year. However, a report by the Guatemalan Human Rights Ombudsman's Office concluded the prisoners had been executed.