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US Deports Man Convicted in Massacre of Salvadoran Priests

U.S. authorities have deported a former Salvadoran army officer who was convicted of involvement in the 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador.

Officials in Los Angeles say Gonzalo Guevara Cerritos was flown back to El Salvador on Monday. He was arrested in Los Angeles last October for illegally entering the United States in January 2005.

Guevara Cerritos was one of several soldiers convicted in El Salvador in connection with the killings of the priests, their female housekeeper, and her teenage daughter.

The 1989 massacre happened at a university in the capital, San Salvador. At the time, Jesuits were calling for a peaceful and negotiated end to El Salvador's civil war, and some in the army considered the priests to be subversives.

In 1991, a Salvadoran court also convicted Guevara Cerritos of conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism. He was placed under house arrest for two years, before being pardoned by the government under a 1993 amnesty.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.