Witness at trial of former Salvadoran colonel describes torture - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Witness at trial of former Salvadoran colonel describes torture

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A federal court witness testified today he was tortured in 1983 by a group of men led by a subordinate of a former Salvadoran colonel accused of human rights abuses.

72 year-old Nicolas Carranza was a top military officer during El Salvador's civil war in the 1980s.

He is being sued in U-S District Court by five Salvadorans who accuse him of allowing torture and murder by his soldiers.

Daniel Alvarado, one of the accusers, said he was kidnapped and tortured over several days into confessing to the murder of a U-S military adviser.

Alvarado was later freed after U-S investigators reviewed his confession. He has lived in Sweden since 1986.

Carranza, who moved his family to Memphis in 1985, says he had no authority to stop human rights abuses by the police or military.

The lawsuit rests on federal laws giving US courts jurisdiction over claims for damages because of human rights abuses abroad.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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