U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle has denied former Salvadoran colonel Inocente Orlando Montano’s request for conditional release. Accordingly, Mr. Montano will remain in jail until the judge reaches a decision about his extradition to Spain.
In Spain, Montano would face charges of terrorism, murder and crimes against humanity due to his alleged responsibility in the massacre of six jesuits priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in November 1989, in the Jesuit University of Central America (El Salvador). This terrible event constituted a landmark in the 12-years-long armed conflict in El Salvador.
Almudena Bernabeu, Guernica 37 director, is the lead attorney in the criminal case on behalf of the relatives of the Jesuits before the Spanish national court in partnership with Ollé- Sesé abogados. Achieving accountability for this horrible massacre is crucial for transitional justice in El Salvador and for the work of Guernica 37. We hope U.S. Courts will soon review the habeas corpus application filed by Montano.
Associated Press published a short article about Judge Boyle’s decision:
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former Salvadoran colonel will stay in jail while a federal judge reviews efforts to extradite him on charges that he helped plot the 1989 killings of six Jesuit priests during the country’s civil war.
Judge Terrence Boyle filed an order Tuesday denying a request by Inocente Orlando Montano Morales to live with relatives while his case plays out. Spain wants to try Montano on terrorist murder charges because five slain priests were natives of that country.
A federal magistrate approved Montano’s extradition last year, but Boyle is reviewing a challenge by Montano.
Lawyers for the former El Salvador government official asked that he be freed from jail at least temporarily because of declining health.
Boyle wrote that the circumstances of the case don’t meet high legal standards for allowing a conditional release.
This article was originally published at Associated Press on 16th May 2017.
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