Involved in feminicide of Salvadoran police would be free for delay in trial


SAN SALVADOR (Sputnik) – Two implicated in the murder of a Salvadoran police at the hands of their own companions could be released if the trial does not start before December 29, the lawyer Arnau Balenas, complainant of the case, confirmed to Sputnik.

"There are two defendants who were captured on December 29, 2017, and the procedural law of El Salvador states that no one can be detained for more than two years without a sentence: if the trial is not made in December, they would be released," he explained to This agency Balenas, who expects the judiciary to act responsibly.

Balenas confirmed that there is "more than solid" evidence to judge and convict 11 police officers and two civilians prosecuted by the murder of agent Carla Ayala, perpetrated at dawn on December 29, 2017 by policeman Juan Josue Castillo, aka Samurai, after a Christmas party of the late Police Reaction Group (GRP).
The Court of Instruction for Women has already determined that there is sufficient evidence that the defendants covered up the crime and led to the escape of Castillo, who remains a fugitive from justice.

Among the defendants, Cesar Flores, former head of the GRP, an elite group for the combat of gangs, is dissolved after the feminicide of Agent Ayala amid allegations of abuse of power and even extrajudicial executions.
The murder of Ayala, whose body was discovered 9 months later in a plantation of the Castillo family, shocked Salvadoran public opinion and led to the dissolution of a unit that came to be believed "above good and evil," according to press reports.

El Salvador recorded in 2018 a rate of 6.8 feminicides per 100,000 women, according to a survey by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

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