Pressure grows on Salvador to prosecute massacre

AP News
Posted: Dec 11, 2012 5:55 PM

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Rights groups are calling on El Salvador to investigate the 1981 army massacre of about 1,000 people at El Mozote. Judiciary officials say cases could be opened despite a 1980s amnesty law.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights says El Salvador should reopen its investigation into the civil war-era massacre, and pay restitution to the victims' relatives.

Chief Justice Martin Rogel of the country's third circuit court says a judge could "declare the amnesty law does not apply" to the case, if prosecutors were to bring charges for crimes against humanity.

El Salvador's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday it recognizes the Inter-American court's ruling and noting "the victims and their families have the right to moral and economic reparation."

In 2011 the Salvadoran government apologized for the massacre.