Guatemala to increase security for threatened judges

[JURIST] Guatemala will create a security unit to offer increase protection for 19 judges and six magistrates who have received death threats, according to a plan approved by the country's supreme court on Friday. The court announced the plan at the end of a week marred by violence, in which a judge was killed [AP report] and a prosecutor was shot in the face. Although details of the plan were not released, it will likely focus on judges who serve in high-risk courts that handle drug-related cases. Both shootings last week occurred as the officials left their homes in the morning. Threats against the judiciary have traditionally plagued the country, which registered 70 threats last year and 31 so far this year. AP has more.



 

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