Trial of ex-El Salvadoran general to resume in May

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Posted: Apr 22, 2011 6:40 PM
Trial of ex-El Salvadoran general to resume in May

The deportation trial of a former defense minister of El Salvador has been continued after the judge accepted a defense motion for more time to prepare for cross-examination of a key defense witness.

Eugenio Vides Casanova is charged with condoning the torture and the killings of four American churchwomen and other human rights abuses while he was a general in the El Salvadoran military in the 1980s.

His attorney concluded questioning Edwin Corr, a former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador, on Friday. Corr testified in part that he had never heard criticism of the general for such abuses. It contradicted earlier testimony from Corr's predecessor, Robert White.

The trial will resume May 24 with Corr's cross-examination by the government and then possible testimony by Vides Casanova.