GUATEMALA: Rigoberta Menchú wins racial lawsuit

On April 4, five defendants from the Guatemalan Republican Front were found guilty of verbally attacking Rigoberta Menchú Tum, the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner, because of her Maya Quiche ethnicity. The defendants were sentenced to three years and two months in prison and fined $400 on charges of discrimination and disturbing the peace when they harrassed Tum on October 9, 2003, during a public hearing opposing the presidential candidacy of General Efrain Ríos Montt. The defendents have the option of avoiding jail time by paying $10 for each day of their sentence.