A man wanted for war crimes in Guatemala nearly 30 years ago has been arrested in Alberta.

Police in Lethbridge took Jorge Vinicio Orantes Sosa into custody Tuesday.

Sosa, who has both Canadian and American citizenship, is charged in the United States with making a false statement relating to naturalization and unlawful procurement of citizenship or naturalization.

Sosa was being transferred to Calgary, where he will be held in custody pending an extradition hearing to the U.S.

The 52-year-old is also wanted by Guatemalan authorities in relation to war crimes dating back to 1982.

It's alleged that Sosa participated in the attacks on Las Dos Erres in which 251 men, women and children were massacred.