A commission of deputies refuses to forgive a conviction of a military man linked to the massacre of Jesuit fathers

Colonel Guillermo Alfredo Benavides

Comisión de diputados rechazan perdonar condena a militar vinculado a masacre de padres jesuitas

Deputies of the Justice and Human Rights Commission of the Legislative Assembly reject the request for a pardon for Colonel Guillermo Alfredo Benavides (Photo: courtesy assembly)

By Luis Alberto López

The Savior – The Justice and Human Rights Commission of the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador, denied the request for pardon or pardon presented in favor of Colonel Guillermo Benavides, sentenced to 30 years in prison for their participation in the massacre of six Jesuits - five of them Spanish - and two women.

This event occurred on 16 November 1989 at the facilities of the José Simeón Cañas Central American University (UCA), within the framework of the guerrilla offensive called "Hasta el cappe" during the years of the armed conflict in this Central American country.

The deputies of the legislative commission agreed that war crimes and crimes of that humanity should not be forgiven.

About this case representatives of the UCA, as offended party, by writing, They presented a justification for Benavides's sentence to be commuted because they consider that the damages have been repaired.

The eight victims of the massacre were: Ignacio Ellacuría, Ignacio Martin-Baró, Second Montes, Juan Ramon Moreno, Joaquin Lopez y Lopez, Amando Lopez, Elba Ramos and her daughter Celina Ramos from 16 years, who were at the time pointed out by sectors of the extreme right as the intellectual authors of the armed conflict.

In 1991, Benavides was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the massacre and left in 1993 by the Amnesty Law, after its annulment by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice in the year 2016, but he was arrested and sent to prison again.

In november 2019, the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) of El Salvador refused to authorize the commutation of the prison sentence that falls on Benavides.

Colonel Benavides in the courts of San Salvador during an appeal process of his conviction (Courtesy photo)