Federal appeals court reinstates $55M verdict against Salvadoran generals

[JURIST] The US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] in Atlanta, Georgia has reinstated a $55 million verdict against two former Salvadoran generals for allowing torture and other human rights violations to occur during the El Salvadoran civil war. In March, the court tossed out [JURIST report] the jury award against Gens. Carlos Eugenion Vides Casanova and Jose Guillermo Garcia, finding that victims in the case failed to file the lawsuit before the 10-year statute of limitations outlined in the 1991 Torture Victim Protection Act [text] expired. In its decision [PDF; CJA case backgrounder], the court found that "extraordinary circumstances" did in fact exist that prevented the plaintiffs from filing suit. Attorneys for the generals said they will file an appeal. AP has more.

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