Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Does not Prevent Extradition in old Salvadoran Murder Case

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Author: 

Linda Ramirez

Date Published: 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Volume: 

32

Issue: 

3

Subject Areas: 

Adjective Enforcement
Administration of Justice
Arrest
Charged with Crimes
Civil Rights Organizations
Comparative and International Law
Crimes against Humanity
Cross-Border Communication
Detention
Expulsion
Extradition
Gang Activity
Human Rights
Investigation
Jurisdiction
Law of War
Murder
Sentencing

Geographic Identifier: 

El Salvador
Spain
United States

Abstract: 

Many have reported the Magistrate’s decision in In Re Request by Spain for the Extradition of Inocente Orlando Montano Morales to have far reaching consequences. Orlando Montano Morales, the relator in this extradition case, is one of seventeen military officials currently accused of the murder of six Jesuit priests, a housekeeper and her daughter in 1989.  It was the amnesty law of 1993 that resulted in the release from custody of some officers and prevented the prosecution of the remainder. Inocente Orlando Montano Morales along with others are now being prosecuted in Spain for the terrorist murder of five of the priests.