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El Salvador #297132

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 23, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Zacatecoluca, El Salvador) Opening of murder trial of former national guardsmen accused of 1980 murders of 4 United States church women featured; films shown. [Sister Helene O'SULLIVAN - notes this case is only murder case coming to trial in several years despite killings of thousands.] Circumstances surrounding murder of women reviewed. [Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights spokesperson Michael POSNER - is certain of cover-up by authorities.] Classified United States report noted substantiating that claim; details given. Defense minister Carlos Vides Casanova's role with national guard at the time recalled; his possible involvement in cover-up considered. Events leading to trial reviewed. [WOMAN - (thru translator) thinks murderers should be tried.] [POSNER - questions jury's possible fear.] Defs.' claims that United States offered them money to confess discussed.
REPORTER: Jane Wallace

Rather, Dan;
Wallace, Jane

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