El Salvador

Salvadoran official jailed pending trial for Jesuits' death

A Spanish judge on Thursday ordered a former Salvadoran colonel jailed while he awaits trial for alleged involvement in the killing of five Jesuit priests in 1989.

Inocente Orlando Montano, who served as vice minister for public security in the 1980s during El Salvador's civil war, was extradited to Spain from the United States on Wednesday.

The 74-year-old faces charges of terrorist murder and crimes against humanity in the killings of Father Ignacio Ellacuria and four other priests of Spanish nationality. Another Jesuit, their housekeeper and her daughter were also killed in a case that sparked international outrage.

According to U.S. court documents, the priests...