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Documents in Case of Slain Nuns Sought

May 14, 1999| From Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Two U.S. lawmakers urged the administration Thursday to release documents that could aid a wrongful death lawsuit against two retired Salvadoran military officers, now living in Florida, who are accused of involvement in the killings of four American women in 1980.

"Nineteen years is too long for anyone to wait for the truth about their loved ones' deaths," Reps. John Joseph Moakley and James P. McGovern, both Massachusetts Democrats, wrote in a letter to President Clinton.

The families of the three nuns and a social worker filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Jose Guillermo Garcia, 65, the former defense minister of El Salvador, and Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, 61, the former director general of the Salvadoran National Guard.

The lawsuit alleges that the two men were part of a chain of command that ordered and covered up the killings.

The victims were working at a Catholic refugee center when they were detained by soldiers on Dec. 2, 1980.

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