Salvadoran judge closes case of poet Roque Dalton

AP News
Posted: Jan 09, 2012 9:11 PM
Salvadoran judge closes case of poet Roque Dalton

A judge in El Salvador has closed the case of the 1975 killing of leftist poet Roque Dalton, ruling it's too late for a prosecution.

Dalton's relatives petitioned prosecutors in 2010 to file homicide charges against two ex-rebel commanders who reputedly ordered the slaying.

The complaint named former Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front leader Joaquin Villalobos and Jorge Melendez, who serves in the current government as head of the civil defense office.

Melendez denied the accusation. Villalobos, however, acknowledged that rebel leaders ordered Dalton killed, reportedly after colleagues accused him of treason and being a CIA agent.

Judge Romeo Giammattei ruled Monday the 15-year limit on prosecution had passed.