El Salvador: Stonewalling

Officials ignore new clues

Sixteen sets of fingerprints. A revealing smear of red paint. Ballistics tests on high-powered rifle bullets. A collection of such solid clues has raised serious new questions about the official investigation into the brutal murder late last year of three American nuns and a lay religious worker in El Salvador. But TIME has learned that while the inquiry has turned up an impressive amount of hard evidence about what took place, Salvadoran authorities are stonewalling, stubbornly refusing to press the inquiry to the point where their own security...

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