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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
El Salvador: Church calls for re-investigation of Oscar Romero's murder
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¬†The legal office of the Archdiocese of San Salvador has called for the reopening of investigations into the 1980 murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Two days after a California civil court convicted a former Salvadorian military captain for the murder, the head of the legal office of the Archdiocese, Maria Julia HernŠndez, yesterday stated that El Salvador "must reopen the case for new investigations". Ms HernŠndez intends to request parliament "to review the articles of the amnesty law (introduced in 1993 in benefit of military officers, former guerrillas and civilians accused of human rights violations during the civil war) that impede trials for war crimes and against humanity". She said the recent ruling of the US court demonstrates that El Salvador is required, based on international laws, to find those responsible for the crime despite the existence of the amnesty law. "Monsignor Romero's murder is an exemplary case of impunity and a crime against humanity", she said. Salvadorian President ElŪas Antonio Saca however stated that the reopening of the case of Archbishop Romero, would be like "reopening old wounds". The Archbishop become the voice of the weak and oppressed during the violent Salvadorian crisis that broke out in the late 70's until 1992. More than 70,000 died at the hands of the military junta in the years following his killing. Source: MISNA Use the ICN search facility to read earlier stories about Archbishop Oscar Romero.
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