No Innocence for Inocente: Spain Sentences Former El Salvadoran Colonel to 133 Years in Prison Pursuant to Universal Jurisdiction for Atrocities during the Civil War

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Mitchell Beebe

            Spain’s National Court convicted Ex-El Salvador military leader, Inocente Orlando Montano Morales, to 133 years in prison for the murder of five Spanish Jesuit priests. Justice was carried out nine years after Mr. Montano was first taken into custody in the U.S. for immigration fraud charges and subsequently extradited to Spain in 2017. The decision vindicated Spain’s universal jurisdiction law and may ultimately lead to reconciliation for the people of El Salvador.