PROVIDENCE (AP) — Federal authorities are trying to deport Juan Samayoa, a Guatemalan immigrant living in Providence who is accused of dozens of murders and kidnappings during the civil war of the 1980s. He appeared Friday in federal Immigration Court in Boston and urged a judge not to deport him, saying he could be tortured upon his return to Guatemala. The judge is expected to rule March 26.
Boston radio station WBUR reports that Guatemalan authorities have an arrest warrant for Samayoa and accuse him of being involved in the killings and kidnappings of indigenous Mayans.
Samayoaentered the U.S. illegally in 1992 and was ordered deported years ago after his asylum application was rejected. He was arrested in October.