Photo: Drawings of the 8 murdered by Salvadoran military during the civil war in 1989. They were unarmed. (NY Times)
Twenty Salvadoran military officials have been indicted in Spain’s National Court for their part in the murders of eight Jesuits in 1989.
Arrest warrants were also issued for the 20 members of El Salvador’s Army, and began the investigation aimed at finding the suspects, who are said currently not in custody. Bail for each has been set at $4.58 million.
A couple who witnessed the slayings back in November of 1989 spoke with Judge Eloy Velasco, which is what sparked Monday’s ruling.
The Jesuits’ murders were just a small part of the 75,000 unarmed civilians that took place during the 12-year civil war between government forces and the Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (national liberation front).
The 20 military officials are accused of eight counts of murder and one of crimes against humanity.