September 20

COMMITTEE OF FAMILY MEMBERS OF POLITICAL PRISONERS IN EL SALVADOR 

TO NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC OPINION      

WE DENOUNCE:
The stubborn, arbitrary and unjust attitude of the government of the Salvadoran State, against our family members captured last July 2nd in Suchitoto. 

President Elias Antonio Saca and his Attorney General, upon their inability to prove in the 3 months that the Special Tribunal gave them, the alleged acts of terrorism and injury for which they captured, tortured and tried our family members, because the accusations are false, has asked the Special Judge appointed by the President, Ana Lucila Fuentes de Paz to approve a six month extension to the special court, arguing essentially that: a) they have given orders to ANDA, FISDL and the General Director of Protocol and Orders from the Ministry of Foreign Relations, to see if their functionaries were invited to (Suchitoto) and if their lives were in danger, and they have of yet received no response, and b) due to the complexity of the events and the quantity of people that they must interview, and they haven’t done it yet.  To summarize, they do not have proof to sustain their accusations and for this reason they are asking for a 6 month extension. 

The Judge chosen by the President, Ana Lucila Fuentes de Paz, in record time, has decided to support the request of the Attorney General’s Office, arguing that: a) it is a serious and complex crime, and b) that they have made the request within the timeframe established by the law and with sufficient arguments, and Judge Fuentes therefore asks the Special Court to concede SIX MORE MONTHS of extension so that the Attorney General may continue to investigate the case.

Formally, the Judges of the Special Court appointed by the President’s Office, Sandra Chicas and Gloria Lizama, must rule on the request for an extension, or grant a lesser extension. 

In any case, our family members must continue to present themselves at the Special Tribunal every 2 weeks to sign in, they cannot leave the country or change their residence, creating an unjust state of alarm that exhausts all of the accused and their families. 

The Supreme Court, instead of fulfilling its constitutional obligation of administering justice, in the case of the Habeas Corpus request filed in favor of those arrested in Suchitoto, and the appeals process of unconstitutionality filed against the Special Law against Acts of Terrorism and Law Against Organized Crime, laws created to reduce social and popular protest, MAINTAINS SILENCE AND COMPLICITY.  In response to the request from our Committee, Dr. Agustin García Calderón, President of the Supreme Court has responded that if we so desire we are free to go and talk with an administrative employee of the Supreme Court, who maintains an office in the basement of the building, and in this way Dr. García Calderón evades his responsibility of responding to the Salvadoran citizens when their most elemental human and civil rights are being violated.

FOR ALL THESE REASONS, WE DEMAND:

That the Diplomatic Corps accredited in our Country, the social, communal and labor organizations, academic, professional and religious as well as national and international institutions that defend respect for human rights, act immediately, contacting the Judges of the Special Court, Licenciadas Sandra Chicas and Gloria Lizama, asking them to STOP the arbitrary and unjust repression against those captured in Suchitoto, by denying the extension maliciously requested by the Attorney General.

Likewise, we ask them to demand that the Supreme Court ends the silence and complicity with which it has acted up until now.

The Special Court receives phone calls at the Telephones: 2264-1180 and 2264-1181 and the Fax #2264-1191

IMMEDIATE AND DEFINITIVE FREEDOM FOR THOSE CAPTURED IN SUCHITOTO!!

WE DEMAND THE REPEL OF THE ANTI-TERRORIST LAW AND THE LAW AGAINST ORGANZIED CRIME!! 

CEASE THE REPRESSION!  NO CRIMINAL REFORMS!!

San Salvador, September 20th, 2007.

 COMMITTEE OF FAMILY MEMBERS OF POLITICAL PRISONERS IN EL SALVADOR