SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Two former guardsmen, serving 30-year terms for the murders of two American agricultural advisers and a Salvadoran official, were freed under an amnesty law that is part of a Central American peace plan, a prison official said today.
The U.S. Embassy said it was "appalled" by the action and the United States plans to review a $9-million American aid program to improve El Salvador's judiciary.
Vitelio Escobar, the official in charge of security at Mariona Prison, said that former national guardsmen Jose Dimas Valle and Santiago Gomez Gonzalez were freed Dec. 19 on orders from the judiciary. Their lawyer, Luis Arevalo Diaz, confirmed their release.
The two guardsmen were sentenced to 30 years imprisonment in February, 1986.
Both men were convicted for the murders of Michael P. Hammer, 39, of Potomac, Md., and Mark David Pearlman, 36, of Seattle, two advisers helping the government with a controversial land reform program, and Jose Rodolfo Viera, 39, head of the Salvadoran Agrarian Institute.