Former Guatemala soldier on trial in California

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Associated Press

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 26 at 6:34 PM

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The ex-wife of a former Guatemalan soldier on trial for allegedly lying about his role in a 1980s massacre says she moved out when she learned about his purported involvement.

Maria Ortiz testified Thursday in a Riverside, Calif., courtroom that she searched for her husband's name online after authorities searched the couple's Moreno Valley home in 2010.

She added that she arranged a meeting with Jorge Sosa shortly after the search, but he never showed up. He had fled to Mexico and boarded a flight to Canada where he was eventually arrested.

Sosa faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of making false statements and obtaining citizenship unlawfully. Authorities allege he omitted information about his army service and participation in the killings of at least 160 people.

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