CSJ del Salvador admits lawsuit to reopen Jesuits case |  News

The Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) of El Salvador admitted on Wednesday a lawsuit against the ruling that in September 2020 ordered the closure of the criminal case for the massacre of six Jesuit priests in 1989, thereby supporting requests to reopen it. by human rights organizations.


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In a statement, the CSJ reported that the claim is admitted since the Criminal Chamber violated the rights to legal security, to know the truth, and to judicial protection.

In the announcement, the Court exposed a series of violations contrary to the law that were committed by the instance that heard the case. Among them, it explains that the ruling, which declared the nullity of the process for reasons of limitation, did not take into account that the facts qualify as a crime against humanity and, therefore, the jurisprudence classifies them as “imprescriptible.”

In addition, he stressed that the victims’ access to justice had been impeded and procedural rules had been violated.

Various human rights organizations presented motions for the Jesuitas case to be reopened. In 2020, the Human Rights Institute of the José Simeón Caña Central American University (Idhuca), asked the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate the magistrates of the Criminal Chamber for having resolved in this way.

For this reason, the attorney general, Rodolfo Delgado, asked the Constitutional Chamber last Tuesday to review the ruling, and consequently it was accepted.

Those identified as the intellectual authors of the murder of the religious are former President Alfredo Cristiani (1989-1994), Generals Humberto Larios, Juan Bustillo, Francisco Fuentes, Rafael Zepeda, the late René Emilio Ponce and Colonel Inocente Montano, sentenced in Spain to 133 years for this crime.

Only Colonel Guillermo Benavides, sentenced to 30 years in prison in 1991, is incarcerated in El Salvador.

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