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76-year-old Soldier Sentenced to 133 Years in Prison for Murdering Five Priests

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Innocent Orlando Montano Morales, a 76-year-old former Salvadoran Colonel, who served as El Salvador’s Deputy Minister for Public Security between 1989 to 1992, had been sentenced to 133 years in prison for murdering five Spanish Jesuit Priests, who were acting as a mediator trying to end the Civil War between the government and FMLN guerrilla.

The killings took place outside the priests’ residence on the campus of the Central American University (UCA) as El Salvador was gripped by a deadly battle between government forces and the FMLN which lasted for more than 10 years.

According to the statement released by court, among the victims was Father Ignacio Ellacuria, a Spanish Priest, UCA ‘s rector and one of the country’s most important political analysts.

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