Almudena Bernabéu with members of the Office of the Prosecutor of El Salvador
The Guernica Centre for International Justice recently traveled to El Salvador as part of its on-going work supporting local partners in their search for justice, truth, and accountability for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during the twelve-year civil war. While in El Salvador, Almudena Bernabeu, the executive director of The Guernica Centre, gave a deposition in the Romero case at the Juzgado Cuarto de Instrucción before Judge Rigoberta Chicas. Bernabeu previously worked on the U.S. lawsuit brought by the Center for Justice and Accountability against Captain Álvaro Saravia for his involvement in the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero.
After concluding the judicial hearing, Almudena Bernabeu stated: “It is a true honor and a responsibility to be the person that provides testimony that accounts for the effort of a committed legal team in the US civil case related to the assassination of Bishop Romero. It was always an aspiration of all of us working on this case to have the necessary impact in El Salvador”.
“We never lost perspective of the fact that this case had to impact the Salvadoran reality and promote justice in that country,” said Bernabeu. “Being consequent with Monsignor Romero’s life, our actions are directed to benefit the people of El Salvador”.
“We responded favorably to the request to testify that was formulated by the Office of the Prosecutor, as we support their nascent effort to combat impunity. We will remain vigilant and promote that the prosecuting authority fulfills its duties and discharges its mandate in a manner that is consequent with the rights of victims,” concluded Bernabeu.
Almudena Bernabéu and Michael Reed-Hurtado during the press conference in El Salvador