Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Salvadoran senior military personnel "removed" or about to be

LA Times reports:

U.S. authorities on Wednesday acted against two former Salvadoran military men who had lived freely and openly in the United States for years despite allegations they were involved in some of the most egregious atrocities committed in their homeland.

Carlos Vides Casanova, a former defense minister and retired general, was deported by immigration officials to El Salvador after living in Florida for nearly 26 years, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said in a statement.

This is so significant, from an international criminal justice perspective ... and for the movement against impunity. -- Carolyn Patty Blum, senior legal advisor at the San Francisco-based Center for Justice and Accountability.
Vides had exhausted appeals after an immigration court in 2012 found him “removable” because he had “committed, ordered, incited, assisted or otherwise participated in acts of torture and extrajudicial killing,” ICE said.  Also Wednesday, U.S. authorities cleared the way for retired Col. Inocente Montano to be extradited to Spain, where he is expected to stand trial in the 1989 slaying of Jesuit priests in San Salvador.

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