El Salvador | Guernica 37
Almudena Bernabeu, co-founder of Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers, had an instrumental role in securing the conviction against those who committed crimes against humanity.
Almudena was the lead prosecutor in the case against Salvadoran officials for the massacre of six Jesuit priests. She received judicial approval by US courts to initiate the extradition of Colonel Inocente Orlando Montano from United States to Spain on charges of terrorism, murder and crimes against humanity related to this massacre. The attack took place on 16 November 1989 in the Jesuit University of Central America and constituted a landmark in the 12-years-long armed conflict in El Salvador.
Moreover, Almudena’s work led to securing the 2015 deportation from Florida to El Salvador of Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, a former defence minister implicated in “extrajudicial killing and torture” during the Salvadoran Civil War of 1980-1992.
The case was marked as precedent-setting by the appeals court. The ordered removal of such a high-level individual is uncommon and usually removals are made of people directly involved in torture or killings.
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