Salvadoran Soldiers Get Spain Extradition Request


Salon Staff
January 13, 2012 9:18AM (UTC)

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's government says it has received a formal request from Spain for the extradition of 13 former military officers accused in the 1989 slayings of six Jesuit priests and two other people.

A Spanish court wants to try a total of 15 former officers for the killings during the Central American country's 1980-1992 civil war. Two of the 15 are in the United States.

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Five of the priests slain were Spanish. The sixth was Salvadoran.

El Salvador's Supreme Court refused to order the detention of the ex-officers last year because no formal extradition request had been received.

Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez said Thursday the request has been forwarded to the high court for consideration.

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