Two Arraigned on Charges of Guiding Salvadorans Massacred in Mexico

By Dialogo
December 07, 2010

On 5 December, the Salvadoran public prosecutor’s office arraigned two immigrant smugglers before a specialized court in San Salvador on charges of guiding six of the Salvadorans murdered in August in a massacre in Mexico in which seventy-two immigrants died.

The public prosecutor’s office charged José Raúl Alegría and Erick Francisco Escobar with the offense of illegal human trafficking for having guided six of the fourteen Salvadoran immigrants who died in Mexico in August, a source at the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic (FGR) told AFP.

The two immigrant smugglers — or “coyotes” — were detained on Wednesday in the city of San Marcos, five km south of San Salvador.

According to the source in the prosecutor’s office, the detention was made possible by “an exhaustive investigation,” and the two are alleged to belong to a network of traffickers in which three other Salvadorans and one Guatemalan are also believed to be involved.

The authorities are still tracing other ‘coyotes’ believed to have been responsible for guiding the remaining Salvadorans who died in Tamaulipas, the source affirmed.

The bodies of the seventy-two immigrants were found by military personnel in northeastern Mexico on 24 August.