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Ex-colonel denies role in massacre of Spanish priests in El Salvador

A former Salvadoran colonel has denied being involved in the massacre of five Spanish priests in El Salvador 28 years ago, lawyers have said.

Two lawyers familiar with the proceedings said Inocente Orlando Montano told a Spanish National Court judge on Monday that no mention of plans to assassinate the priests was made during a November 15 1989 meeting he attended.

Father Ignacio Ellacuria and five other Jesuit priests were killed the next day along with their housekeeper and her daughter.

Fr Ellacuria was mediating talks at the time to end the Salvadoran civil war.

The United States extradited Montano to Spain last week to face charges in the deaths of the five priests who were Spanish citizens.

He was El Salvador's vice minister for public security during the 1980s.

AP

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