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El Salvador: 6 former guerrillas arrested for murder in 1989

SAN SALVADOR ( Associated Press) — Six former guerrillas have been captured by police in El Salvador for allegedly participating in the August 1989 kidnapping, torture and murder of a woman in a rural area of ​​the country during the country’s last civil war. More than 30 years later, the victim’s whereabouts are still unknown.

The six detainees, by order of the Ministry of Public Affairs, belonged to the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN). The prosecutor’s office credits him with the disappearance of María Inés Alvarenga.

“After decades, we are getting true justice. We are not going to stop,” Attorney General Rodolfo Delgado reported on his Twitter account.

As the officer recalled, the woman was taken from her home, in the Santa Marta canton of Cabanas Department, in the country’s central region, by guerrillas of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front. “They accused him of collaborating with the military, for which he was tortured and killed,” Delgado said.

Among the captives is Fidel Recinos Alas, better known as Raul Hercules, commander of the National Resistance during the war, one of the five political-military organizations that formed the FMLN guerrilla.

Recinos Alas was an advisor to the Ministry of Security in subsequent Front governments (2004–2019).

According to the Public Ministry’s allegation, on August 22, 1989, individuals who identified themselves as FMLN guerrilla commanders broke into a house in the cantonment of Santa Marta, deprived the victim of her liberty and placed her in a camp. where they tortured and they took his life. To this day his whereabouts are unknown.

Contrary to the official thesis, the Economic and Social Development Association of the Santa Marta Canton (ADES Santa Marta) in a press release condemned the arrests of Miguel Ángel Gómez, Alejando Linez García and Pedro Antonio Rivas Linez in that community, and Teodoro Antonio Pacheco and That of Saul Agustin Rivas Ortega, which was executed simultaneously at the ADES offices in the municipality of Guacotecti.

The association alleges that the crimes for their accomplices were committed when the armed conflict had not yet begun. “All this framework clearly highlights the fabrication of a case whose real objective is to attack the community of Santa Marta and the ADES Association, robbing their leaders,” the agency protested.

The authorities have added to the crimes that those accused of belonging to illegal unions, with all the burdens that it carries in the current Salvadoran context, suspend the right to union with the exception of about 10 months. . Battle and oppress tactics against gangs and criminal bands.

An estimated 75,000 people were killed, 12,000 went missing, and more than half a million Salvadorans were displaced in the 12-year war three decades earlier. It concluded with the signing of a peace accord on 16 January 1992.

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