They met during a trade mission, and despite controversy over their engagement, U.S. Rep. Jerry Weller, R-Ill., and the outspoken daughter of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt tied the knot Saturday in a civil ceremony.
About 300 people -- including Rios Montt -- attended the wedding of the congressman from central Illinois and Zury Rios Sosa, a 36-year-old Guatemalan senator. Security was tight as the two exchanged wedding vows at a mansion belonging to the former dictator.
Weller's opponents criticized the engagement because Rios Montt, a retired general who seized control of Guatemala for 18 months in 1982-83, is accused of leading one of the bloodiest campaigns in the nation's 36-year civil war, which killed 200,000 people.
He is under house arrest in the capital, Guatemala City.
Rios Montt attended the wedding with court permission.