Guatemala: Courts Intimidated by Organized Crime

Prosecutors in the interior would rather not know about high-impact cases, and there are judges who do not want to rule on them for fear of reprisals.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Added to this are other problems being faced by prosecutors of the Public Ministry (PM) within the country such as lack of security, space and backlogs.

For prosecutors, who preferred anonymity, the main fear are the threats and attacks by organized criminals . reports: " ... in places like Huehuetenango, Tecum Uman, Zacapa and Chiquimula, individuals who are part of organized crime have even prevented crime scenes from being processed. Criminals even take care of removing the deceased."

According to Arturo Aguilar, private secretary of the Public Ministry, sometimes during complex cases, teams from the capital are moved to these areas because some zones are very small and everybody knows everybody. "Justice coexists with offenders and in the end the good and the bad are neighbors," he added .

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