El Sal­vador calls emer­gency in seven pris­ons

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

SAN SAL­VADOR, El Sal­vador — Au­thor­i­ties in El Sal­vador have de­clared a state of emer­gency in seven pris­ons and trans­ferred 299 high-rank­ing gang mem­bers as part of ``ex­tra­or­di­nary mea­sures’’ they have promised to take against gangs. El Sal­vador’s min­is­ter of jus­tice and pub­lic se­cu­rity Mauri­cio Ramirez Lan­dav­erde said Tues­day in a news con­fer­ence that the tar­geted gang mem­bers were trans­ferred to a prison 25 kilo­me­tres west of the cap­i­tal. The emer­gency dec­la­ra­tion puts in­mates on lock­down and sus­pends fam­ily vis­its for 15 days. Ramirez said the trans­ferred in­mates were iden­ti­fied as those most re­spon­si­ble for or­der­ing crimes from inside prison. He said that mixed units of police and sol­diers will han­dle se­cu­rity inside and out­side the coun­try’s pris­ons. Pres­i­dent Sal­vador Sanchez Ceren said ear­lier this month he was con­sid­er­ing steps to com­bat gang vi­o­lence.

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