Updated: September 12, 2020 05:29 AM GMT
In this file picture taken on December 14, 2000 retired Salvadoran Army Generals Inocente Orlando Montano and Rene Emilio Ponce (out of frame) speak during a press conference where they reaffirmed their innocence in the 1989 murders of six Spanish Jesuit priests and two of their Salvadoran employees by soldiers under their command in 1989 in San Salvador. (Photo: Edgar Romero/AFP)
A Spanish court has convicted a former Salvadoran colonel for the murders of five Jesuit priests in 1989 — a rare act of justice for an atrocity from El Salvador’s brutal civil war.In a Sept. 11 ruling, former Col. Inocente Orlando Montano, 77, was found to have planned and ordered the murders of the five Jesuits priests — all Spanish nationals — Nov. 16, 1989, at their residence on the campus of Jesuit-run Central American University in San Salvador.The five Spaniards were Father Ignacio Ellacuria, university rector, along with Fathers Ignacio Martín-Baro, Juan Ramón Moreno, Amando López and Segundo Montes. Salvadoran Jesuit Father Joaquín López and Julia Elba Ramos, a housekeeper, and her teenage daughter Celina, also were killed in the attack.
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