Former Military Leader, Inocente Montano, Sentenced to 21 months in U.S. Prison for Immigration Fraud
This morning, Ex-Salvadoran military leader, Inocente Orlando Montano, was sentenced to 21 months in U.S. prison on charges of immigration fraud. In September 2012, Montano pleaded guilty to six counts of immigration fraud and perjury for hiding his career as a Salvadoran military leader in order to obtain Temporary Protective Status, a humanitarian benefit for which he is not eligible. Montano´s sentencing hearing began on January 15th, 2013 and culminated in today´s sentence. The Center for Justice and Accountability dedicated months to bringing Inocente Montano´s involvement in human rights violations to bear in the case.
The 1993 U.N. Truth Commission Report named Montano as one of the main decision makers responsible for the murders of the six Jesuit Priests, housekeeper Elba Ramos, and her teenage daughter, Celina, at the Central American University in El Salvador (UCA). Montano was also the second in command of the Belloso Battalion, one of the units that participated in the 1982 massacre at El Calabozo where the Salvadoran military slaughtered over 200 children, women, and men.
In 2011, a Spanish court indicted Montano and 20 other army officials suspected as culprits in the murders of the priests Father Ignacio Ellacuría, Father Ignacio Martín-Baró, Father Segundo Montes, Father Armando López, Father Juan Ramon Moreno, Father Joaquin López, and Elba Ramos and Celina Ramos. Based on this indictment, Montano can still be extradited to Spain. A Spanish judge has already submitted a request to the U.S. government and a response is pending at the moment.