U.S. Board of Immigration Affirms Deportation of Salvadoran General for Torture and Crimes against Humanity

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Author: 

Bruce Zagaris

Date Published: 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Volume: 

31

Issue: 

4

Subject Areas: 

Administration of Justice
Charged with Crimes
Court Conviction
Criminal Procedure/Proceedings
Deportation
Human Rights
International Law
Lawsuits
Trial

Geographic Identifier: 

El Salvador
United States

Abstract: 

On March 11, 2015, the United States Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) upheld the removal Order for Vides Casanova in a case published as a precedent, thereby controlling future rulings by Immigration Judges on similar issues. Former General Vides Casanova was the Director of the Salvadoran National Guard (NG) from October 1979 to April 1983 and thereafter became the Minister of Defense of El Salvador until in August 1989 he left for the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident.