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El Salvador orders arrest of ex-president over civil war killings


El Salvador orders arrest of ex-president over civil war killings

El Salvador orders arrest of ex-president over civil war killings

Prosecutors said a judge in El Salvador on Friday ordered the arrest of former President Alfredo Cristiani for alleged ties to the death of six Jesuit priests and two coworkers by the army during the country’s civil conflict.

On November 16, 1989, Salvadoran troops from the now-banned Atlacatl battalion assassinated five Spanish Jesuits at Central American University in San Salvador. They also assassinated their housekeeper and her 16-year-old daughter.

Prosecutors charged Cristiani, who was president from 1989 to 1994, and a squad of soldiers with murder on February 25.

Prosecutors said on Twitter Friday that a judge has ordered Cristiani, who is outside the country, former lawmaker Rodolfo Parker and four colonels to be put “under provisional detention.”

The former president, whose whereabouts are unknown, denied the charges and attacked Attorney General Rodolfo Delgado in a statement.

“The attorney general, in bad faith and with a clear disregard for the truth, has publicly accused me of omission and cover-up,” said Cristiani, who, in his capacity as president, was also commander-in-chief at the time of the killing. “The truth is that I never knew of the plans they had to commit those murders.”

He said that the military “never informed me or asked me for authorization because they knew that I would never have authorized Father Ellacuria or his brothers to be harmed.”

Cristiani also asserted that “at this time there are no procedural guarantees in El Salvador” because most prosecutors and judges are controlled by the president.

Of the four colonels who were ordered arrested on Friday, one is already serving a 30-year prison sentence in Spain for the crime.

The authorities also ordered that three generals and two other colonels charged in the case be given alternative measures to detention because of their age and health condition.

Another general and a colonel accused in the case have already died.

Ten Salvadoran soldiers were convicted of the killings in 1991, but an amnesty for crimes committed during the country’s 1980-1992 civil war meant they were freed in 1993.

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