Judge clears way for extradition of ex-Salvadoran colonel

AP News
Posted: Aug 21, 2017 5:22 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has cleared the way for a former Salvadoran colonel to be sent to Spain to face charges that he helped plot the notorious killings of six priests during his country's civil war.

Judge Terrence Boyle ruled Monday that a federal magistrate was correct to approve extradition in 2016 for Inocente Orlando Montano Morales.

Spanish authorities are seeking to try him in the 1989 killings of the Jesuit priests during El Salvador's civil war. Most of the priests were from Spain.

Montano served as El Salvador's vice minister for public security in the 1980s during the country's civil war.

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Montano could still seek to halt his extradition by asking a federal appeals court to intervene. His attorney didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.