SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- President Francisco Flores has
rejected the idea of reopening investigations into the 1989 killings of six
Jesuit priests, saying that El Salvadorans wish to move on.
Reopening the case "would be to open the door on a conflict that we have
left behind," Flores said at a news conference Thursday. "We Salvadorans
wish to turn the page."
Catholic priests and human rights groups have urged the government to
punish those responsible for killing the six clerics -- five Spanish priests and
a Salvadoran -- on Nov. 16, 1989, during El Salvador's 1979-1991 civil
war. The priests' housekeeper and her daughter also were slain.
The administration of then-President Alfredo Cristiani blamed the leftist
Farabundo Marti National Liberation Force. But a U.S. congressional
investigation revealed that El Salvador's U.S.-backed military had roused the
group from their beds at the Central American University and shot them.
Nine members of an anti-rebel commando force were accused. A jury
absolved seven of the suspects. Two others were convicted but then freed
under an amnesty ordered by Cristiani.
Flores said the amnesty law established in 1992 peace accords remains
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