Alleged war criminal extradited to U.S

Jorge Vinicio Orantes Sosa is wanted in the U.S. for war crimes, including the massacre of more than 250 people in Guatemala, crimes dating back to 1982. The 52-year-old was arrested at around 11:45 a.m. by Lethbridge Regional Police. The was taken from the internet –with out permission Tuesday January 18, 2011.



CALGARY -- U.S. immigration officials say a suspected Guatemalan war criminal who was in custody in Calgary is now behind bars there after being extradited from Canada.

Last August, Alberta's top court dismissed Jorge Sosa's appeal of his extradition across the border where he faces immigration charges.

This week, he was extradited to California where he is accused of violating U.S. Immigration laws by lying on an application for permanent residency and ultimately citizenship.

Sosa ended up in Canada after fleeing American officials investigating allegations he was a war criminal who lied to U.S. officials to become a naturalized citizen.

Some of the allegations include providing false information by not disclosing he was a member of the Guatemalan military and for denying he had ever committed a crime for which he had not been arrested.
Sosa allegedly was a commanding officer of an elite Guatemalan army unit that massacred 222 villagers at Dos Erres on Dec. 7, 1982.

Some victims were raped before they were murdered, while others were tossed alive down a well.

Lori Haley, a spokeswoman with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Saturday Sosa is in custody and is expected to make his first appearance in a California courtroom on Monday.

If convicted of both immigration charges, Sosa faces up to 15 years in prison.

Sosa is also wanted in Guatemala for charges related to the massacre.

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