New Laws to Fight Organized Crime in Guatemala

Congress approved two key laws to fight organized crime and strengthen the Judiciary.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

This new laws provide greater protection to judges, prosecutors and witnesses, as well as regulation of witness cooperation.

"Congress approved modifications to the Law Against Organized Crime and approved the Penal Competence Law, both considered key for strengthening the Judiciary and fighting crime", reported newspaper Nacion on its website.

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Guatemala: Courts Intimidated by Organized Crime

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