OFFICIAL STATEMENT 008
40th anniversary of attack and burning down of Spanish Embassy in Guatemala

​On the 40th anniversary of the attack and burning down of the Spanish Embassy in Guatemala, on 31 January 1980, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs European Union and Cooperation remembers the 37 people, including seven public servants and officials at the diplomatic mission who were victims of the terrible events, which constituted a flagrant violation of the diplomatic immunity of the Spanish Embassy by agents of the State of Guatemala.

31/01/2020

In 2015, the Government of Spain expressed its satisfaction and congratulated the Guatemalan justice system at having tried, 35 years on, the events pursuant to law and with respect for due process, with the Higher Risk Court “B” [Tribunal de Mayor Riesgo “B”] handing down a conviction against the only person responsible who was able to be tried for the appalling episode.

This ruling, together with the 1999 Report from the United Nations Truth Commission, which also investigated and condemned the events, corroborated the exemplary and responsible actions of Ambassador Máximo Cajal, unjustly assaulted so many times, and of his work team, in the performance of their duties.

The permanent memory of those dramatic events and the clarification of the truth significantly contribute to dignify the memory of all the victims and their families.

 

 

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