U.S. Deports Former Salvadoran General for Torture and Killings in the 1980s and Arrests for Extradition to Spain a Former Salvadoran Colonel

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Author: 

Bruce Zagaris

Date Published: 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Volume: 

31

Issue: 

4

Subject Areas: 

Administration of Justice
Crimes against Humanity
Cross-Border Communication
Detention
Expulsion
Extradition
Human Rights
Immigration
Information Exchange
International Cooperation
International Crimes
Victims Compensation
War Crimes

Geographic Identifier: 

El Salvador
Spain
United States

Abstract: 

On April 8, 2015, the United States deported former defense minister of El Salvador, General Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, after the Board of Immigration Appeals found that he was responsible by virtue of the doctrine of command responsibility for torture and killings by troops under his command. Vides Casanova, 77 years old, is the highest-ranking foreign official deported under laws enacted in 2004 to prevent human rights violators from obtaining safe haven in the U.S.