RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Opening statements have begun in the Southern California trial of a former Guatemalan soldier who's accused of concealing his role in a massacre when he applied for U.S. citizenship.
A federal prosecutor told jurors in Riverside on Tuesday that Jorge Sosa took part in the killing of 160 villagers during Guatemala's civil war. Authorities are trying to strip him of his citizenship, claiming he lied on his citizenship application.
But his defense attorney says Sosa didn't conceal his past when he applied for U.S. asylum in 1985.
Attorney Shashi Kewalramani told jurors that some evidence in the case will be horrible but added that it's not a war crimes trial.