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The World : Salvador to Probe Slaying

August 23, 1985

A Salvadoran court has ordered the reopening of an investigation into the March, 1980, murder of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, the attorney general's office announced. The case was shelved last December after judicial authorities said there was insufficient evidence to proceed. However, Santiago Mendoza Aguilar, El Salvador's new attorney general, pressed for a fresh inquiry and the court granted his request. The archbishop's murder, as he celebrated Mass in a hospital in San Salvador, is widely believed to have been planned by right-wing death squads.

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