OF FAMILY MEMBERS OF POLITICAL PRISONERS IN EL SALVADOR
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC OPINION
stubborn, arbitrary and unjust attitude of the government of the Salvadoran State, against our family members
captured last July 2nd in Suchitoto.
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 extensionto 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.
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.
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.
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.
THESE REASONS, WE DEMAND:
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.
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
AND DEFINITIVE FREEDOM FOR THOSE CAPTURED IN SUCHITOTO!!
DEMAND THE REPEL OF THE ANTI-TERRORIST LAW AND THE LAW AGAINST ORGANZIED
THE REPRESSION! NO CRIMINAL REFORMS!!
San Salvador, September 20th, 2007.
OF FAMILY MEMBERS OF POLITICAL PRISONERS IN EL SALVADOR
September 24, 2007:
13 have continued to organize for freedom and economic justice despite the
ongoing case against them. Still charged with Acts of Terrorism
and Injuries, and facing up to 60 years in jail, Lorena, Rosa, Haydeé,
Manuel, and the rest of the accused have been continuing their work, as well as
making sure to comply with the terms of their provisional liberty, including
showing up at the Special Tribunal every 2 weeks.
the original decree of 3 months preventative detention, Judge Ana Lucila Fuentes
de Paz had set a September 28th deadline for the prosecution to
present its evidence. After this September 28th date, Judge
Fuentes de Paz would then set a court date within the following 30 days.
Prosecution Requests an Extension:
Just this week,
we have received news that the Attorney General’s Office, through Judge Fuentes
de Paz has solicited a 6 month extension for the deadline to present evidence,
which would effectively move the projected court date well into next
year. The prosecution cites the complexity of the case, saying that it
has solicited information from various public institutions and has yet to carry
out a quantity of interviews. Judge Fuentes has accepted the request for
an extension, and now formally the Judges of the Special Tribunal, Lic. Sandra
Chicas and Lic. Gloria Lizama, must rule on the request or grant a lesser
MPR-12 and the Committee of Family Members of Political Prisoners, along with
the accused themselves, coincide in concluding that this request for an
extension is a clear indicator that the prosecution has thus far been unable to
collect substantial evidence against the defendants, and a sign of the
political intentions behind the case, obliging the defendants to continue to
carry out the terms of their provisional liberty, and live with the fear of a
steep jail sentence.
news of the extension request, CRIPDES, the MPR-12 and the Committee of Family
Members of Political Prisoners began a demonstration and a fast for 48 hours in
front of the Legislative Assembly and Supreme Court buildings. The
defense lawyers are still waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on a motion of
Habeas Corpus as well as an appeal to declare unconstitutional the Special Law
Against Acts of Terrorism, and the Law against Organized Crime. Dr.
Agustín García Calderón, the President of the Supreme Court, declined to meet
with the fasters.
of September 20th, as he was leaving his home the journalist
Salvador Sánchez was brutally assassinated. Sánchez worked as a reporter
for Mayavision Radio, the YSUCA Radio and the Radio Cadena “Mi Gente”.
Sánchez had been one of the journalists that had given the most direct
and honest coverage of the events leading up to and following the arrest of the
Suchitoto 13, and had been in direct contact with leaders from CRIPDES and the
Committee of Family Members of Political Prisoners. Officials have
alluded to personal enemies and delinquency as the possible explanations of
Sanchez’s assassination, though the Director of the Natinal Civilian Police
Force (PNC) also said Sanchez had received death threats. Social movement
leaders are worried that political motives may hide behind the high levels of
crime and violence prevalent in Salvadoran society. In an official
statement the MPR-12 maintains that they “do not discard the idea that the
recent [assassination] may be linked to the journalistic work… that Salvador
Sánchez carried out.” Salvadoran organizations are demanding that the
Attorney General and the National Civilian Police force (PNC) carry out an in
depth investigation into the killing of Salvador Sánchez
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED LINKS:
To read the corresponding statement from the Committee of Family Members
of Political Prisoners in El
Salvador, click here.
To read the corresponding statement from the Popular Resistance
Movement, October 12th, MPR-12, click here.