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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

US sought deportation of El Salvador general for human rights crimes
Katherine Bacher at 12:00 AM ET

On April 18, 2011, the Obama administration charged the former defense minister of El Salvador, Eugenio Vides Casanova, with human rights crimes allegedly committed during El Salvador's 12-year civil war. Casanova had enjoyed the support of the US government in office for his role in stopping the spread of Communism in El Salvador, and he retired to Florida after completing his six-year term of office. He is allegedly responsible for acts carried out by the armed forces during El Salvador's civil war that claimed more than 70,000 lives. Casanova has denied any involvement in the alleged crimes. Several other cases involving the El Salvadoran civil war have been prosecuted during the past decade.

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