A U.S. immigration judge cleared the way in February for the deportation of Eugenio Vides Casanova, a former defense minister of El Salvador.
He is charged with torture and murder, including the 1980 deaths of four U.S. Roman Catholic churchwomen.
Five military members under his command were convicted of carrying out the murders. The Center for Justice and Accountability, a human rights group involved in the case, said it is the "first time [in the U.S.] a statute enacted to facilitate the removal of human rights abusers has been used successfully against a nation's top military official."
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