(BLANK) - NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE JESUIT MURDERS (TRUTH

Created: 1/12/1990

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2. IN EARLY0 KEV INFOFLMATIOM SURFACED INDICATING THAT THE SALVAXRAN ARMED FORCES (ESAF) PROBABLY HAS INVOLVED IH THE MURDERSESUIT PRIESTS AMD TWO OTHER PERSONS ON BELOW IS AN OVERVIEW OF THE EVOLUTION Of THE CASE SINCE THE NEW INFORMATION WAS DEVELOPED. THE SALVADORAN GOVERN MEKT BELIEVES IT IS CLOSE TO SOLVING THE MURDERS AND HASAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT IS 1KHINENT. TO DATE THREE ESAF OFFICERS ARE UNDER ARREST AND APPROXIMATELYENLISTED PERSONNEL ARE BEING DETAINED PENDING FURTHER INVESTIGATION. UNFORTUNATELY, THE CASE IS ATTRACTING TOO MUCH PUBLICITY WHICH KAY PLACE UN-

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4. AT AN9 COLONEL GUILLERMO ALFREDO IDIRECTOR OF THE MILITARY ACADEMY, TOLD LT.EJIA, DIRECTOR OF THESPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS UNITHAT HEA GROUP FROM THE IMMEDIATE REACTION BATTALIONGO TO THE CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL AHERICATHE NIGHT OF THE MURDERS. BENAVIDES APPARENTLY TOLDHIS DEED BECAUSE HE WAS AFRAID OF THE POSSIBLEHIS ACTION AND WAS ASKING RIVAS FOR ASSISTANCE. RIVASSHARED THIS INFORMATION WITH HIS PREDECESSOR AT THENELSON IN THE(ESTADOHOH THE ESTADO MAYOR HAD CHARGED TOTHE SIU ON THE INVESTIGATION. OPEZ THEHCARLOS ANGELPPARENTLY HIS CLOSE FRIENDCURRENTLYT THE ESTADO MAYOR. OF BENAVIHAIN OFHE FELT HE

HAD TOSAFETY NET" IN THE EVENT THINGS WENT BAD.

9 JANUARYUERRA AND LT.UEVARA))SECTION COMMANDERS IN THE BIRI ATLACATL, AS WELLALLECILLOS FROM THE MILITARYPLACED UNDER ARREST AND ARE BEING HELD AT NATIONAL NO LEGAL JUSTIFICATION HAS YET BEEN GIVENARRESTS, ALTHOUGH IT IS POSSIBLE THISOLITICALTO SHOW THE PUBLIC PROGRESS IS BEING HADE IN COLONEL BENAVIDES IS REPORTEDLY UNDER

PPEARS TO BE EAHNING

VALUABLE POLITICAL POINTS FOR HIS "MANAGEMENT" OF THISAND HE APPEARS TO HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE POLITICAL OPPOSITION AND CHURCH. THE TRUTH OF THE HATTER IS THAT THE

INVESTIGATION IS BEING DRIVENEADLINE OFANUARY, WHEN. CONGRESS BEGINS ITS NEIT SESSION. AND OTHERS) WANT THIS INVESTIGATION TO BE COMPLETED BY THAT DATE AND PRESSURE

IS BEING APPLIED TO THE ARMY AND THE SIU TO COMPLETE THEIR

INVESTIGATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

PACE DOM TCP:AN 90

toILITAM HONOR TRIBUNAL

SLilJS ! HiaE*S" AND THAT THE SIU WILL LOSE

FMtTITJGATIVE BODY (THE SIUIS AN

ruK TOHt S'TU*TION THE EMBASSY IS ASKING

"NDEPENDENT MANNER AND CRPFPPIBUM";" I" EFFECT. THE TRIBUNAL'S

WOULD PRESERVE

THE SIU'S IHAGE AS INDEPENDENT.

'"TION Of THErmiHS BOTH im the COVERI

AND AUTPOSSIBLE

LEADS ARE BEINC

POSSIBILITY THESE LATESTL CREATE FURTHFR

BE*OT UMD" FIRE FROM YOUNGER OFflCERS AND THESE LATEST DEVEI.OPMF.NTS HAY ONLY FUEL THAT FIRE.

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