30 September, 2022

Sentenced in Spain to 133 years in prison for the former Salvadoran Deputy Minister of Defense for the Jesuit case

By Dennis Aguillón

The Second Section of the Criminal Chamber has condemned 133 years and four months in jail for the former colonel and vice minister of Public Security of the Army of El Salvador Inocente Orlando Montano Morales for the murder of five Spanish Jesuits.

These crimes were committed on the night of 15 al 16 November 1989 at the José Simeón Cañas Central American University (UCA).

The Spanish judges considered the author of five crimes of murder of a terrorist nature, that of the Jesuits Ignacio Ellacuría, Ignacio Martin-Baro, Second Montes Mozo, Armando López Quintana and Juan Ramón Moreno Pardo.

Similarly, the court has considered Montano the author of the murders of another Salvadoran Jesuit, Joaquin Lopez y Lopez, from the university cook, Julia Elba Ramos, and his daughter's 15 years, Celina Mariceth Ramos.

Sentence, that has been dictated and notified today, it is signed by the magistrates. Against it, there is an appeal for cassation before the Spanish Supreme Court.

After the sentence, Benjamin Cuellar, former director of the Institute of Human Rights of the Central American University José Simeón Cañas IDHUCA stated: “Justice has been served in Spain! This conviction in Spain of “Innocent” Orlando Montano is the condemnation of La tandona, his accomplices, cover-ups and financiers inside and outside the country. May it serve to awaken justice in El Salvador. Because, we will always continue fighting”.

Erika guevara, of Amnesty International pointed out on his Twitter account that “This landmark ruling is an important step in the search for justice that, for decades, has been denied in El Salvador to the victims of the armed conflict”.