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Genocide trial of ex-Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt halted

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Former Guatemalan de facto President (1982-1983) and retired General Jose Efrain Rios Montt sits during a court hearing in Guatemala City on January 31, 2013. A Guatemalan judge started the hearing to receive evidence for the open trial to Rios Montt on charges of genocide committed in indigenous populations during his de facto regime between 1982 and 1983. JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images

The genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt has been put on hold, after the judge in the case refused to follow another judge's ruling that the case should be retried. 

Rios Montt is accused of overseeing the deaths of over 1,700 indigenous Mayans during Guatemala's civil war. His trial had been proceeding smoothly until an appeals court halted the proceedings.

Here with more is Rachel Levin, a reporter with Al-Jazeera and has been covering the trial in Guatemala.

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