September 28, 2022

A choose in El Salvador ordered the arrest Friday of former president Alfredo Cristiani for alleged hyperlinks to the homicide of six Jesuit monks and two co-workers by the military throughout the nation’s the civil warfare, prosecutors stated.

On November 16 1989, Salvadoran troops from the now banned Atlacatl battalion shot useless the Jesuits, 5 of them Spanish, on the Central American College in San Salvador. In addition they killed a lady who labored as their housekeeper and her 16-year-old daughter.

On February 25, prosecutors filed fees towards Cristiani, who was president in 1989-1994, and a bunch of troopers for alleged involvement within the homicide.

Prosecutors stated on Twitter Friday {that a} choose has ordered Cristiani, who’s outdoors the nation, former lawmaker Rodolfo Parker and 4 colonels to be put “beneath provisional detention.”

The previous president, whose whereabouts are unknown, denied the costs and attacked Lawyer Basic Rodolfo Delgado in a press release.

“The lawyer common, in unhealthy religion and with a transparent disregard for the reality, has publicly accused me of omission and cover-up,” stated Cristiani, who, in his capability as president, was additionally commander-in-chief on the time of the killing. “The reality is that I by no means knew of the plans they needed to commit these murders.”

El Salvador has ordered the arrest of former president Alfredo Cristiani, seen right here in 1994 in San Salvador, in reference to the killing of six Jesuits within the civil warfare in 1989 Photograph: AFP / Pedro UGARTE

He stated that the army “by no means knowledgeable me or requested me for authorization as a result of they knew that I’d by no means have licensed Father Ellacuria or his brothers to be harmed.”

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Cristiani additionally asserted that “at the moment there are not any procedural ensures in El Salvador” as a result of most prosecutors and judges are managed by the president.

Of the 4 colonels who had been ordered arrested on Friday, one is already serving a 30-year jail sentence in Spain for the crime.

The authorities additionally ordered that three generals and two different colonels charged within the case be given different measures to detention due to their age and well being situation.

One other common and a colonel accused within the case have already died.

Ten Salvadoran troopers had been convicted of the killings in 1991, however an amnesty for crimes dedicated throughout the nation’s 1980-1992 civil warfare meant they had been freed in 1993.