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El Salvador's president criticizes scrapping of amnesty law

July 16, 2016 - 7:52 AM

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - El Salvador's President Salvador Sanchez Ceren is criticizing a Supreme Court decision to abolish an amnesty law created after its 12-year civil war. He says it doesn't take into account the country's fragile coexistence.

In a nationally broadcast speech late Friday, Sanchez Ceren called on Salvadorans committed to peace to approach the situation responsibly and with maturity.

The country's Supreme Court this week overturned the amnesty law, which had been enacted in 1993, five days after a truth commission report blamed the military for the vast majority of abuses during the war.

Sanchez Ceren was part of the command structure of the rebel Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front during the war and constitutional experts say he could theoretically face legal consequences.

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