1989 El Salvador – 28/8/13
A former El Salvador military colonel linked to war crimes has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for immigration fraud in the United States. Inocente Orlando Montano admitted to lying about his background on his immigration forms and agreed not to contest deportation back to El Salvador. A U.N. inquiry has named him as among the top military officials who approved the murder plot that led to the 1989 slaying of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and the housekeeper’s daughter.
The Jesuits had been outspoken advocates for the poor and critics of human rights abuses committed by the ARENA government. Montano lived in Boston for about a decade before his 2011 arrest. Prosecutors say he came to the United States in part to avoid being brought to justice for the Jesuits’ murders. He is among 20 Salvadorian officials who have been indicted by a Spanish court and could face extradition to Spain upon his release.