CRISTIANI CONDEMNS KILLING OF JESUITS, ORDERS INVESTIGATION (FARABUNDO MARTI N

Created: 11/17/1989

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SUBJ: CRISTIANI CONDEMNS KILLING OF JESUITS, ORDERS INVESTIGATION

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AN SALVADOR, OV (ACAN-EFE)WHENUESTION ON THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE SIX JESUITS AND TWO OTHER PERSONS COULD HAVE BEEN MURDERED BY THE MILITARY, SALVADORAN PRESIDENT ALFREDO CRISTIANI SAID TODAY THAT "IF THE ARMED FORCES PEOPLE DID IT, THE WEIGHT OF THE LAW WILL FALL ALSO ON THEM."

CRISTIANI "STRONGLY CONDEMNED" THE MULTIPLE MURDER THAT TOOK PLACE EARLY THIS MORNING AND ATTRIBUTED IT TO "GROUPS OR MINDS THAT WANT TO HINDER THE PROCESS OF DEMOCRACY AMD PEACE THAT HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT 'IN EL SALVADOR."

THE PRESIDENT SAID HE WAS DETERMINED "TO INVESTIGATE THIS TO THE VERY END, REGARDLESS OF WHO DID IT."

HE EMPHASIZED THAT IT IS TOO EARLY TO GIVE ANY OPINION' ON WHO COULD HAVE COMMITTED THE MURDERS, POINTING OUT THAT THE FACT THE MEN WHO DID IT WERE WEARING UNIFORMS AND WERE HOVIMG AT NIGHT DURINC THE STRICT CURFEW IN THE CITY "IS NOT CONCLUSIVE."

CRISTIANI SAID THAT "THE ARMED FORCES AS WELL AS THE GUERRILLA

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GROUPS MOVE DURINC THE CURFEW HOURS."

HE STATED THAT IN ACREEMENT WITH THE ARMED FORCES GENERAL STAFF, WITH. WHOM HE NET THIS MORNING TO DISCUSS THE ISSUE, HE HAS ORDERED AN INVESTIGATION.

THE SALVADOHAN PRESIDENT DISCLOSED THE EXISTENCE OFOSSIBLE WITNESS THAT HAS NOT BEEN INTERROGATED BY THOSE WHO ARE CARRYING OUT THE INVESTIGATION" AND WHO HftVE FINGERPRINTS AND EMPTY CARTRIDGES OF BULLETS FORS.

CRISTIANI DISAVOWED VERSIONS REPORTED DURING THE DAY BY THE GOVERNMENT RADIO NETWORK THAT CLAIM THE FAPABUNDO MARTI NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT <FKLN) GUERRILLAS COMMITTED TNE HURDER.

IN ANOTHER PART OF HIS NEWS CONFERENCE, THE 5ALVAD0RAH PRESIDENT ADMITTED THAT WITHIN THE AHMED FORCES "THEREROUPS OF PERSONS WHO DO NOT AGREE WITH THEUT HE ADDED THAT "AS AN INSTITUTION, THEY ARE WITH THE GOVERNMENT.1*

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