A former Salvadoran army officer, Orlando Montano will extradited based on request that came from a court in North Carolina, so that he can face trial in Spain on charges connected with the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador.
The court found that substantial evidence showed that Orlando Montano Morales was “a decision-maker and member of a group of officers who collectively ordered the unlawful killings of Jesuit priests.” If the Secretary of State approves, he will be sent to Spain for trial.
Spain– whose prosecutors have aggressively pursued allegations of human-rights violations in other countries– had indicted the former Salvadoran army colonel along with nineteen others. Montano, who has lived in the US since the early 2000s, was the only potential defendant who could be extradited to face the Spanish charges. The others, living in El Salvador, are protected by an amnesty that covers participants in the country’s civil war.
Montano has insisted that he is innocent of involvement in the Jesuits’ murders.