The National Court of Spain is processing a criminal case against 20 former Salvador military officers for the November 1989 murders of six Jesuit priests and their cook and her daughter.
On December 2nd the Spanish Government approved the request of Spanish Judge Eloy Velasco to issue requests for extradition of 15 of the men charged in this case.
The government of El Salvador will receive 13 of the requests. Whether or not to grant the request will be a matter for the country’s Supreme Court. A Salvadoran defense attorney says that there will be no extradition because El Salvador already tried a criminal case involving this crime.
The government of the U.S. will receive the other two requests. One will be for extradition of Inocente Orlando Montano, who is living in Massachusetts, has denied the Spanish charges. In the federal court in Boston he is now facing criminal charges of perjury and making false statements on U.S. immigration forms. The other will be for Hector Ulises Cuenca Ocampo, who is believed to be living in California.
Five other former Salvadoran military officers are facing criminal charges in the Spanish case. One is reported to be cooperating with the Spanish court; another is said to be willing to do so; two have not been located; and the last is deceased (General Rene Emilio Ponce).
 Post: International Criminal Justice: Spanish Court’s Case Regarding the Salvadoran Murders of the Jesuit Priests (June 15, 2011); Post: International Criminal Justice: Spanish Court Issues Criminal Arrest Warrants for Salvadoran Murders of Jesuit Priests (May 31, 2011); Post: International Criminal Justice: Developments in Spanish Court’s Case Regarding the Salvadoran Murders of the Jesuit Priests (Aug. 26, 2011).
 Assoc. Press, Spain Asks U.S. and El Salvador to Extradite Murder Suspects, N.Y. Times (Dec. 3, 2011).
 Guzman, Court awaiting extradition request, lapagina.com.sv (Dec. 2, 2011(Google English translation);Guzman, The extradition of former soldiers to Spain will never give, according to defense, lapagina.com.sv (Dec. 2, 2011(Google English translation).
 EUA also asked to send, laprensagrifica.com (Dec. 3, 2011)( Google English translation); Immigration fraud, a former soldier Montano faces 5 years in prison, lapagina.com.sv (Nov. 30, 2011)( Google English translation); Salvadoran ex-officer faces Mass. Perjury charge, http://www.boston.com (Nov. 29, 2011); Criminal Complaint, U.S. v. Montano, Case No. 11m-5193-I6D (D. Mass. Aug. 22, 2011).
 Lemus, Spain calls on El Salvador extradition of military slaughter processed by Jesuit, http://www.elfaro.net/es (Dec. 2, 2011)( Google English translation);The judge asked the government to claim 13 soldiers for the killing of Jesuit, http://www.elmundo.es (Nov. 8, 2011) (Google English translation).