Justice for the Jesuits: The 1989 Murders and the Extradition of Colonel Montano

Almudena Bernabeu

Part of the Spring 2018 Bay Area Latin American Forum

February 22, 2018 

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Event Description

On the morning of November 16, 1989, an elite unit of the Salvadoran Army entered the grounds of a Jesuit university in San Salvador, with orders to kill a priest critical of the military dictatorship and leave no witnesses. When it was all over, the soldiers murdered six priests, a housekeeper, and her daughter in cold blood.


Almudena Bernabeu, the co-founder, and director of Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers, is a renowned transitional justice and international human rights lawyer. She led the investigation and prosecution for the murders that resulted in the extradition of Inocente Orlando Montano, who as El Salvador’s Vice Minister of Defense and Public Safety in 1989 helped instigate the attack.