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Head of MS-13 is sentenced to 1,090 years in prison for committing 24 murders in El Salvador

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A court of The Savior convicted 94 gang members of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) for various crimes, including the murders of a police officer and the son of a journalist, and sentenced the head of the criminal structure to 1,090 years in prison.

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The crimes of the police agent and the son of journalist Henry Arana occurred in the area of ​​the Department of La Libertad in 2017, the Attorney General’s Office reported.

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According to the Prosecutor’s Office, the leader of the “Libertad” group or program of the Mara Salvatruchaidentified as Cesar Alfredo Romero Chavezaliases “The Solo Key”received a sentence of 1,090 years in prison for aggravated homicide in relation to the deaths of 24 people that occurred between 2017 and 2018, including that of the police officer and Arana’s son.

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The other sentences imposed by the Court against the gang members range from three years and six months in prison to 500 years.

The so-called maras or gangs, which have a presence in populous neighborhoods and communities, are involved in drug trafficking and organized crime, according to authorities. They also extort and charge merchants and transportation entrepreneurs and murder those who refuse to pay, according to officials.

In 2015, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice declared the Mara Salvatrucha gang and the Barrio 18 gang terrorist groups.

After 62 homicides occurred on March 26, a level of crime not seen in years in El Salvador, Congress approved a state of emergency that limits freedom of association and suspends a person’s right to be duly informed. of their rights and reasons for the arrest, as well as the assistance of an attorney.

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Source: Elcomercio

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