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Church in El Salvador urges investigation of 1980 Romero slaying

The Catholic Church in El Salvador is asking the current Salvadoran government for a new investigation of the 1980 assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero.

The request came on Saturday, a day after a US judge in the US state of California found a former El Salvadoran military officer liable in Archbishop Romero's murder. He ordered retired Captain Alvaro Rafael Saravia to pay $A14.45 million in damages for his role in the slaying.

Saravia was not present or represented for the US civil lawsuit, which was filed by a human rights group.

No one has been held responsible in El Salvador for the Archbishop Romero killing, which came to symbolize death squad terror during the country's 12-year civil war.

Salvadoran Roman Catholic Church Calls for Investigation of 1980 Slaying (Voice of America 5/9/04)

Man Liable for Salvador Archbishop's Death (The Guardian/Associated Press 4/9/04)
$10m for an archbishop's murder (The Scotsman 5/9/04)
Group files lawsuit against Romero assassination accused (CathNews 19/9/03)
Oscar Arnulfo Romero (1917-1980) Archbishop and Martyr of San Salvador

6 Sep 2004