Salvadorian army to take over jails' defense

14:15, June 25, 2010      

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Salvadorian President Mauricio Funes said Thursday that the armed forces will take over to guard the country's prisons as an emergency measure after at least three jail massacres over the weekend.

Salvadorian Defense Minister David Munguia Payes later confirmed Thursday that the army had already begun guarding the prison of Ciudad Barrios in the west of the country.

Munguia Payes added that more law enforcement agents had been deployed in the prisons of Zacatecoluca and Izalco.

Meanwhile, Director of the National Association of Private Companies, Carlos Araujo Esersky, and the Chamber of Commerce supported the emergency measure, describing it as "a battle that all the public and private institutions must support."

Overcrowdedness and the rule of jailhouse bullies had led to several prison riots and breaks in recent years.

A jail riot back in 2004 killed at least 23 inmates while another in 2007 claimed the lives of at least 21 inmates, according to official figures.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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