January 25, 1992 |
A civilian judge on Friday sentenced two army officers to a maximum of 30 years in prison for the 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests, their maid and her daughter. The murders, which occurred during a massive rebel offensive in San Salvador, sparked international outrage and a suspension of U.S. military aid. The assassinations became one of the most notorious human rights crimes committed during the 12-year civil war that claimed 75,000 lives.
September 27, 1991 |
One of the most defining chapters in El Salvador's blood-soaked history--the trial of a senior Salvadoran military officer accused in the killing of six Roman Catholic priests and two of their employees--opened Thursday, mired in bureaucratic disorganization, mind-numbing procedure and doubts that the real criminals are in the dock. This is the first time in El Salvador's history that any soldier has been summoned before a civilian court for human rights abuses.
August 19, 1991 |
An army colonel angry because his girlfriend refused to dance with him lobbed a grenade onto a dance floor Sunday, killing six people and injuring 90, the Red Cross said. Witnesses identified the alleged attacker as Col. Jorge Alberto Cuellar. His girlfriend and a 5-year-old girl died at the scene, and four others died at hospitals.
May 5, 1991 |
A Salvadoran military court sentenced three alleged leftist rebels to prison terms ranging from four to 25 years for the 1985 killings of 13 people, including six Americans. Gunmen sprayed two outdoor cafes in the Zona Rosa neighborhood of the capital with automatic gunfire. Four U.S. Marines, two American businessmen, a Chilean, a Guatemalan and five Salvadorans were killed. Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front rebels denied responsibility for the attack.
December 9, 1990 |
A Salvadoran judge on Saturday ordered nine soldiers to stand trial for the murder of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter. Court spokesman Mario Gonzalez said Judge Ricardo Zamora ruled that Col. Guillermo Benavides, three lieutenants and four soldiers will be tried on eight counts of murder as well as charges of terrorism. A ninth soldier who deserted will be tried in absentia.
October 9, 1990 |
James Gamble, a great-great grandson and namesake of one of the founders of Procter & Gamble Co., today will ask shareholders to help him try to stop P&G from buying Salvadoran coffee beans. Gamble and others believe that tax revenues from coffee--El Salvador's leading export--support the government in its civil war with leftist guerrillas. His resolution, to be voted on at the company's annual meeting in Cincinnati, calls for suspension of coffee bean purchases until the war is settled.