A Step Toward Justice for Salvadoran General

Last week, an immigration judge in Florida ruled that General Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, former Defense Minister of El Salvador and a current U.S. resident, may be deported to stand trial for his involvement in murders and torture during the Salvadoran civil war.  Vides was head of the National Guard in 1980, during the brutal murders of four American churchwomen who worked with the Salvadoran poor.  These were Ursuline sister Dorothy Kazel, Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Forde, and lay missionary Jean Donovan.

The ruling marks the first implementation of a 2004 law aimed at barring human rights violators from coming to or living in the U.S.  Juan Romagoza, a Salvadoran survivor of torture who testified against General Vides, said of the ruling: “This victory is not just my own. It is a victory for the entire country of El Salvador.”

For more, read the New York Times article.

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