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Judge approves extradition.

SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR * A former member of El Salvador's military high command is closer to being prosecuted for his role in the 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests and two women, now that a U.S. federal judge, Terrence Boyle, has approved his extradition to Spain.

Spain has long sought Col. Inocente Orlando Montano's extradition, along with those of 16 other ex-military men it has indicted in the assassinations. Five of the six Jesuits were from Spain, giving Spanish courts a jurisdictional basis to pursue the case.

A day after Boyle's Aug. 21 ruling, however, El Salvador's Supreme Court nullified the arrest orders for the other 16 defendants. However, the Spanish court only needs one defendant to proceed with a trial that could uncover key details of the case.

Montano entered the United States in 2002, falsely stating on immigration papers that he had never been a member of the Salvadoran military. In fact, he--like most of the officers cited for the Jesuit massacre by the U.N. Truth Commission--was trained at the U.S. Army's School of the Americas.

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Title Annotation:WORLD; Terrence Boyle, case of Col. Inocente Orlando Montano
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 8, 2017
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