Spain asks extradition in Salvador priest killings

AP News
Posted: Dec 02, 2011 4:57 PM
Spain asks extradition in Salvador priest killings

Spain is asking the United States and El Salvador to extradite 15 former Salvadoran military officials in the killings of six Jesuit priests and two civilians in 1989.

The former officials formed El Salvador's military leadership when the killings occurred during a military attack on a university in San Salvador. The Central American country was involved then in a civil war that killed some 75,000 people.

Spain wants the extradition of two people from the U.S. and 13 from El Salvador on charges of murder, terrorism and crimes against humanity. Five of the six slain priests were Spaniards.

El Salvador's Supreme Court has twice this year refused the extradition of former military officials indicted by a Spanish judge in the killings.