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Assassination of a SaintThe Plot to Murder Óscar Romero and the Quest to Bring His Killers to Justice$
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Matt Eisenbrandt and Benjamín Cuéllar

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286795

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286795.001.0001

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“Of a Magnitude That Is Hardly Describable”

“Of a Magnitude That Is Hardly Describable”

The Romero Assassination Case Goes to Trial

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(p.135) Fourteen “Of a Magnitude That Is Hardly Describable”
Source:
Assassination of a Saint
Author(s):

Matt Eisenbrandt

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286795.003.0014

This chapter describes the trial in Fresno, California against Alvaro Saravia, in which several Salvadoran witnesses testify about their experiences with Archbishop Romero, including the investigating judge Atilio Ramirez Amaya and the getaway driver, Amado Garay. Despite the evidence collected during the investigation, the team decided not to bring any others into the case as defendant, which means that the trial focuses on Saravia’s responsibility and the impact of Romero’s death. After five days of testimony, the judge holds Saravia liable for Romero’s murder, calls Roberto D’Aubuisson the mastermind of the operation and orders Saravia to pay $10 million in damages.

Keywords:   Garay, Saravia, Ramirez Amaya, trial, D’Aubuisson, Fresno

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