SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Nine former soldiers and officials have turned themselves over to a court in El Salvador after being indicted in Spain in the 1989 killings of six Jesuit priests and two other people during the Central American country's civil war.
The Defense Department said Monday the nine soldiers turned themselves in at a military base and were handed over to a Salvadoran court.
A tenth suspect in the Spanish case has since died, and 10 other suspects have not bee located.
Salvadoran officials have said it is unlikely that El Salvador's supreme court will vote to extradite the men to Spain.
Spanish courts have used international jurisdiction doctrines to prosecute the killings of the priests, five of whom were Spaniards.