Friday, January 27, 2023

US hands over one of the 100 most wanted to El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR ( Associated Press) – United States immigration officials extradited to El Salvador Friday an alleged member of the Mara Salvatruca gang, one of the 100 most wanted criminals in the Central American country, to face trial for murder and related crimes. The US Embassy in El Salvador passed on information to terrorist organizations.

Erik Salvador Hernandez Bonilla, 24, who was wanted by Interpol and who illegally entered the United States on an undisclosed date, was captured by police in Beaufort, South Carolina, in September 2021. He was released into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

An immigration judge at the Justice Department’s Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) ordered the removal of Hernandez Bonilla to El Salvador on April 29, 2022.

Hernandez Bonilla, affiliated with the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang and on the 100 Most Wanted list, will be prosecuted for homicide, femicide and terrorist organizations in El Salvador.,

“Thanks to our cooperation this year (with El Salvador), we have brought 34 fugitives to face charges for crimes committed in this country,” Duhomme said on his Twitter account.

In return, Washington has requested the immediate extradition of El Salvador. of at least 14 leaders of Mara Salvatrucha to be prosecuted for crimes committed in that country.

In 2012, the US government added Mara Salvatrucha to its list of transnational criminal organizations, and three years later the Supreme Court of El Salvador declared it a terrorist, along with the Barrio 18 gang.

El Salvador’s draconian policy intensified after 62 homicides were reported in one day on 26 March. At the request of President Nayib Bukele, the Salvadoran Congress approved the state of exception. To counter gangs that suspend detainees’ basic rights such as knowing the charges or access to a lawyer.

Since its application, authorities say they have held more than 58,000 people they allege are gang-related or cooperative. Civil organizations have reported that they have managed to document over 4,000 cases of human rights violations. During the first seven months of the validity of the measure. They claim that at least 80 people have died in the custody of the authorities.

So-called maras, or gangs, exist in densely populated areas and communities in El Salvador, estimated to have around 76,000 members. According to authorities, these groups are involved in drug trafficking and organized crime, they extort money from traders and transport companies, they murder people who refuse to pay, they add.

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