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Jose Sosa Orantes, Guatemalan Massacre Suspect, Extradited To U.S.

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LOS ANGELES — A former Guatemalan soldier accused of being involved in a brutal 1982 massacre during that country's civil war has been extradited to California where he faces immigration fraud charges.

Federal authorities say Jose Sosa Orantes was brought to the U.S. Friday from Canada, where he had been in custody on U.S. charges of lying about his role in Guatemala's war when he applied for American citizenship in 2008.

Authorities allege Sosa was a member of a Guatemalan military unit known as the "kaibiles" and helped command a unit assigned to track down suspected guerrillas who had stolen military weapons.

Sosa and other soldiers stormed a village in Guatemala in 1982 and allegedly killed men, women and children during the search.

Guatemala's civil war claimed at least 200,000 lives before it ended in 1996.

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