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Thursday, July 12, 2018, 12:42
Salvadoran court orders president to answer on 1979 kidnap
By Associated Press
Thursday, July 12, 2018, 12:42 By Associated Press

El Salvador's President Salvador Sanchez Ceren takes notes during the 51st Meeting of Heads of State and Government of the Central American Integration System (SICA), in Santo Domingo on June 30, 2018. (ERIKA SANTELICES / AFP)

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — El Salvador's Supreme Court has ordered President Salvador Sanchez Ceren to present any information he has on the fate of a South African diplomat who was kidnapped and disappeared by leftist guerrillas in 1979.

FMLN disbanded and became a political party following 1992 peace accords

Then-Ambassador Archibald Gardner Dunn was kidnapped by a guerrilla faction that became part of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN. The rebels demanded a ransom but the diplomat was never turned over and his body never found.

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Sanchez Ceren is a former leader of the FMLN, which disbanded and became a political party following 1992 peace accords.

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Presidential press officer Roberto Lorenzana said Wednesday the court order "has a political motive to damage the president's image."

He said Sanchez Ceren was still an activist in the teachers' movement at the time of the kidnapping.

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