El Salvador to Spain: No extradition

May 10, 2012

In a defeat for the principle of universal jurisdiction, El Salvador’s Supreme Court will not honor an extradition request for thirteen former military officers accused of planning and ordering the killings of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter during the country’s civil war, the New York Times reports:

The Salvadoran court ruled late Tuesday that the former officers could not be sent abroad because the country’s Constitution at the time of the killings prohibited the extradition of Salvadoran citizens. Five of the six Jesuits were born in Spain, where judges have used the doctrine of universal jurisdiction to prosecute crimes committed outside of the country, as they did against the former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

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