Salvadoran ex-officer faces Mass. perjury charge

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11/29/2011 6:51:06 PM - AP News

A Salvadoran former military officer accused of colluding in the deaths of six Jesuit priests has been charged in Massachusetts with lying under oath and making false statements on immigration forms to remain in the United States.

Inocente Orlando Montano was among 20 Salvadorans indicted in Spain this year in the 1989 slayings during El Salvador's 12-year civil war. The 69-year-old has been living in Everett, Mass., just outside Boston.

He was charged Tuesday in federal court in Boston with lying about his military history and role in the deaths of the Jesuit priests in a bid to secure a temporary protected status in the U.S.

A trial date hasn't been set.

Montano has denied involvement in the slayings. His attorney hasn't returned a phone call seeking comment.