Monday, February 23, 2009

Court Strips Mayor of Immunity

The Criminal Court of First Instance in Retalhuleu decided that there is sufficient evidence to remove the immunity Edilma Elizabeth Navarijo, mayor of Ocós in San Marcos.

Navarijo is accused by the Ministerio Publico of a cover up after she allegedly concealed information about an attack in Ocós, San Marcos, last July 5th, that killed her son and her ex-husband. Other relatives of Navarijo were also injured in the attack.

Israel Ramos Noyola, judge in Retalhuleu sent the case to the Regional Court in that department to make the final decision regarding the immunity of the mayor.

The mayor and her legal counsel are not answering calls.

Police officer Carlos Costop and police detectives Manuel Alvarado and Nicolas Camajá Bach all face criminal prosecution because they are accused of having participated in the extrajudicial execution of Navarijo's family members.

The involvement of former Chief of Detectives, Victor Soto, who was also injured on the day of the incident, has not yet been determined.

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