El Salvador: Law Against Extortion In Effect

President Sanchez Ceren has passed a Special Law Against Crime Extortion, which aims to improve the fight against the unfortunate practice which primarily affects the business sector.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

From a statement issued by the presidency of El Salvador:

The president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, has sanctioned Legislative Decree No. 953 containing the Special Law Against Crime Extortion, proposed by the government to streamline the prosecution of this crime.

Article 1 of the Act states that it aims to "provide for criminal and special procedural regulations as well as measures of administrative nature for the prevention, investigation, prosecution and punishment of the crime of extortion."

This legislation was unveiled by President Sanchez Ceren on February 11 and presented the same day to the Legislative Assembly by the Minister of Justice and Public Security, Benito Lara.



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