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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2007 | Sam Enriquez and Alex Renderos, Special to The Times
Maria Julia Hernandez, a celebrated human rights activist who spoke up for victims during El Salvador's protracted civil war and tended to their families in the years that followed, died Friday of a heart attack. She was 68.
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WORLD
April 1, 2007 | Hector Tobar, Times Staff Writer
The list of martyred men and women of the cloth in this Central American country includes rural priests, U.S. nuns, Jesuit scholars and an archbishop. Now, 15 years after the end of a civil war in which many of the religious workers were killed, a new name has been added to the list: a Roman Catholic priest, Father Ricardo Antonio Romero, beaten to death in September just outside this western city of 110,000 people.
WORLD
March 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Four people were arrested on suspicion of helping orchestrate the killings of three Salvadoran politicians and their driver, Guatemalan Interior Minister Carlos Vielmann said. The suspects were identified as Mario Javier Lemus Escobar, Obdulio Waldemar de Leon Lemus, Carlos Orellana Donis and Linda Castillo Orellana. They were arrested in Jalpatagua. Officials have also identified seven national police officers as suspects. Four were killed in prison under circumstances that remain murky.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rufina Amaya, 64, one of the few known survivors of a 1981 massacre by Salvadoran government troops who dedicated her life to telling others about the slaughter, died of a stroke March 6 in San Miguel, El Salvador. Amaya lived in the village of El Mozote, one of six villages whose residents were rounded up and shot or beheaded by U.S.-trained Salvadoran soldiers on Dec. 11, 1981.
WORLD
February 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush, in a meeting with Salvadoran President Tony Saca, pushed for immigration reform and nudged Congress to pass a guest worker program. Bush said Saca reminded him that temporary protected status, extended to many Salvadorans, expires in September. Saca said more than 2 million Salvadorans are in the United States, most of them legally.
WORLD
February 27, 2007 | Hector Tobar and Alex Renderos, Special to The Times
For more than a week, Guatemalans and Salvadorans have been in the grip of a murky and gruesome mystery story born of Central America's criminal underworld. It began on the night of Feb. 19, with an SUV burning on a rural road outside Guatemala City. The charred bodies of three Salvadoran legislators and their driver were found at the scene. Among them was Eduardo Jose D'Aubuisson, the son of one of El Salvador's most notorious right-wing leaders.
NEWS
February 25, 2007 | Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press Writer
The acrid smell of disinfectant, sweat and fear filled Carlos Mauricio's nostrils. Blindfolded, he heard the moaning of other political prisoners inside the headquarters of El Salvador's national police. There were screams and shouted questions, the hollow thump of blows, and the sizzling zap of an electrical prod, followed by guttural protests and involuntary thrashing. "I realized I was in a chamber of torture," he said. "At that moment, I accepted my death."
WORLD
February 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Four Guatemalan policemen were arrested Thursday in the killing of three Salvadoran politicians and their driver after being linked to the deaths by a global positioning system in their vehicle, the government said. Luis Herrera, the head of a special police unit charged with investigating organized crime, was captured after the GPS receiver in his police truck revealed that he had been at the scene of the kidnapping and the site where the bodies were found, authorities told reporters.
WORLD
February 21, 2007 | Hector Tobar and Alex Renderos, Special to The Times
Three Salvadoran legislators, including a scion of one of the country's leading right-wing families, were kidnapped and slain and their bodies set ablaze during a trip to neighboring Guatemala, officials said Tuesday. The congressional deputies were members of the ruling right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance. They were killed Monday night along with their driver as they paid an official visit to Guatemala City. Their charred bodies and gutted vehicle were found on a farm outside the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2006 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
Gonzalo Guevara Cerritos was a decorated, American-trained officer in the Salvadoran army. But for the last year, the 43-year-old toiled as a janitor at a West Los Angeles-area motel, a man with a secret who was always looking over his shoulder, his girlfriend said. His clandestine existence came to an end Wednesday, when federal authorities announced that they had arrested him as an illegal immigrant who was a human rights violator.
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