The Annals of former Salvadoran colonel Inocente Orlando Montano to 133 years in prison with a Spanish court earlier this month about the instance is increasing calls once more for El Salvador to manage this dark chapter in its history.
Arnau Baulenas, an attorney with the Human Rights Institute in Central American University — a college conducted by the Jesuits and the website of the 1989 murders — stated Montano’s conviction and sentence from Spain revealed that the orders came from high up. He blames a lack of political will and immunity within El Salvador’s justice system because of being not able to accomplish similar results there.
Considering that El Salvador’s Supreme Court announced the 1993 amnesty established following the war in 2016, Baulenas was struggling to reopen the situation and go after individuals who gave the orders and who understood about them.
The question of whether to reopen this situation remains stalled from the Supreme Court’s criminal room. A lower court had ruled that an investigation into the participation of a group of army officers and ex-President Alfredo Cristiani could proceed. However, the officers appealed and the case made it into the Supreme Court a year in which it sits now.
They strove to create the massacre seem like it was completed by leftist guerillas. The killings sparked global outrage.
Nine members of the army were originally placed on trial, however, the court absolved seven of these. Two officers served short sentences in El Salvador but had been published in 1993 throughout the amnesty. Following the Supreme Court discovered the amnesty unconstitutional, a judge ordered one of these officers, Col. Guillermo Benavidesback to prison in which he stays.
Baulenas said police in El Salvador continue to resist attempts to ascertain who had been involved in planning the murders. He said the college would like to understand what Cristiani, as president and commander in chief of the army at the moment, knew about the plan to murder the priests.
“It seems similar to a complicit courtroom to shield people accused of being war criminals,” Baulenas said. “We view it as a danger in the sense that there seems to be more complicity with people being processed”
Late Thursday, Bukele declared he had been declassifying the writings of the following civil war atrocity, the El Mozote massacre, where soldiers killed almost 1,000 people in a rural neighborhood in 1981.
The Spanish court that sentenced Montano to its priests’ killings called it”state terrorism” performed by powerful interests, such as Cristiani, geared toward”holding on their positions of liberty within the power structures” Efforts to reach him for comment weren’t profitable.
“The truth needs to be understood and I’d inquire ex-President Cristiani that when he’s got nothing to hide, why don’t you visit the courtroom and tell the truth,” Baulenas said. “However, it seems that he has concealed behind the army.”