José Guillermo García

Brigadier General
José Guillermo García
El ex minister of defence , José Guillermo García El Salvador.jpg
Minister of National Defense
In office
15 October 1979 – April 1983
PresidentRevolutionary Government Junta (until 1982)
Álvaro Magaña (from 1982)
Preceded byFederico Castillo Yanes
Succeeded byCarlos Eugenio Vides Casanova
Personal details
Born (1933-06-25) 25 June 1933 (age 89)
San Vicente, El Salvador
Known forHuman rights violations
Military service
Allegiance El Salvador
Branch/serviceSalvadoran Army
RankBrigadier General El Salvador Brigadier General
Battles/wars1979 Salvadoran coup d'état
Salvadoran Civil War

José Guillermo García (born 25 June 1933) is a former general of the military of El Salvador and was minister of defense of the Revolutionary Government Junta of El Salvador between the years 1979 and 1983.[1]

Emigration to United States

He emigrated to the United States in 1989, were lived until January 2016 when was deported to El Salvador.

Lawsuit cases

He was sued, along with Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, in the United States district court in West Palm Beach[2] in two precedent-setting legal actions:

Deportation to El Salvador

Guillermo Garcia and General Vides Casanova had been undergoing a deportation process since 1999.[5] The Department of Homeland Security later charged Garcia in 2009 with participating or assisting in torture and extrajudicial killings during his tenure as Minister of Defense.[5] His attorney Alina Cruz argued that he could not be deported on those grounds because he was already exonerated of those charges in the landmark case Ford vs. Garcia when a jury found that he was not in control of his troops. It was determined in 1998 that Garcia's co-defendant General Vides Casanova and Casanova's cousin Col. Oscar Edgardo Casanova Vejar, the local military commander in Zacatecoluca, had planned and orchestrated the executions of the four North American churchwomen.[6]

On 12 April 2014, an immigration court judge ruled against Garcia and called for his deportation.[7] On 16 December 2015, it was announced that an immigration appeals court upheld the decision to deport Garcia.[8] Garcia's attorney afterwards said they both plan to appeal the decision to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia.[1]

On 8 January 2016, American immigration officials deported General Garcia back to El Salvador.[9][10]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Former Salvadoran defense minister's deportation upheld | Miami Herald". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 2015-12-26.
  2. ^ Washington Post 17 August 2003 The Case Against the Generals[1]
  3. ^ Gonzales, David (24 July 2002). "Torture Victims in El Salvador Are Awarded $54 Million". New York Times (24 July 2002).
  4. ^ "El Salvador Generals Guilty of Torture". BBC News. 2002-07-23. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
  5. ^ a b "U.S. Court: Removal of General Garcia – CJA".
  6. ^ Larry Rother (3 April 1998). "4 Salvadorans Say They Killed U.S. Nuns on Orders of Military". New York Times. p. 2. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  7. ^ Preston, Julia (12 April 2014). "Salvadoran General Accused in Killings Should be Deported, Miami Judge Says". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Preston, Julia (17 December 2015). "Deportation of Former Salvadoran Official is Upheld". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Preston, Julia (9 January 2016). "Florida: Ex-Leader of Salvadoran Military Deported". The New York Times.
  10. ^ "CJA : Former Salvadoran Minister of Defense General Garcia Removed from the United States". Archived from the original on 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
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