|El Salvador||JESUITS SEEK REOPENING OF 1989 MURDER INVESTIGATION|
The Jesuits in El Salvador are formally asking for a reopening of the inquiry into the murder of six Jesuits at the Central American University and their cleaning woman and her daughter, which took place on 16 November 1989.
The current rector of the university, Fr Josť Maria Tojeira, has stressed that 'impunity must cease' and that the Jesuits accuse, the then president Alfredo Cristiani, of the right wing Arena Party, and the Minister of Defense Umberto Larios of ordering the killings.
On 16 November 1989, during a guerilla offensive in San Salvador, a group of armed men entered the University headquarters and committed the murders. The army sought to make it appear that the massacre was the work of the guerillas, however the involvement of the army soon became apparent.
The recent moves of the Jesuits to reopen the case has provoked a hostile reaction from the Arena Party. Fr Tojeria has stated that the Society of Jesus will wait until after the mid-term elections, in order to present the formal request to the Public Prosecutor's Office.