The Prosecutor’s Office of El Salvador has presented this Monday an indictment against former President Alfredo Cristiani (1989-1994) in which he states that he “authorized” the massacre of six Jesuit fathers and two women in the context of the civil war (1989- 1992).
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The institution has indicated on its social networks that “the Accusation Opinion has been presented against the defendants in the murder of the Jesuits”, which corresponds to the investigation stage of the process.
“It appears from the investigations that former President Alfredo Cristiani was present at the meeting where the crime was coordinated and authorized his execution,” added the Prosecutor’s Office.
One of the prosecutors in the case, whose name has not been provided by security, has indicated that several witnesses place Cristiani in the place where the murder was supposedly planned and that “he agreed or authorized the events that were triggered in that death”.
The whereabouts of Cristiani, who signed peace in 1992 and came to power under the banner of the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena), is currently unknown.
Cristiani and seven others are charged with murder, acts of terrorism, conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism, fraud with proceedings and concealment. Among those indicated is the former Vice Minister of Public Security Inocente Montano, sentenced to 133 years and four months in prison in Spain for the murders of the five priests of Spanish origin.
The representative of the Prosecutor’s Office has specified that Montano is accused in El Salvador for the crimes of a Jesuit and two women of Salvadoran origin.
The annulment of a 1993 amnesty law, by a 2016 constitutional ruling, allowed a court of peace to order in 2017 the reopening of the process at the request of the Jesuit Central American University (UCA).
The victims were the Spaniards Ignacio Ellacuría, Segundo Montes, Ignacio Martín-Baró, Amando López and Juan Ramón Moreno and the Salvadoran Joaquín López, the UCA worker Elba and her 16-year-old daughter, Celina Ramos.