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Salvadorean trial begins in US women's murders

Five former National Guard soldiers go on trial today for the murders of four American churchwomen in a long-delayed case linked to continued US support of the Salvadoran government.

After 31/2 half years of investigations and delays, the trial is expected to last only one day. If found guilty, the guardsmen could be sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Progress in the case has been linked by Washington to continued US assistance for El Salvador's struggle against left-wing guerrillas. Congress has withheld $ 21 million of a military aid package for 1983 until the verdict is in.

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