El Salvador politicians pay gang members for votes
The Main political parties of El Salvador are giving more than $220,000 dollars to the leaders of the MS13 gang, according to a witness report.
Former gang member, nicknamed Noé, revealed that the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) and the National Republican Alliance (ARENA) parties, paid large sums of money to obtain votes in 2014 and 2015.
The FMLN gave the leaders of MS-13 some $156,000 dollars, while ARENA gave them 69,000 dollars.
Noé, who testifies in exchange for tax benefits, is the key witness in the case of Operation Cuscatlán, which seeks to prosecute more than 400 alleged gang members.
Ecuador: Kidnapped policemen freed
Indigenous demonstrators have released several policemen held hostage in the Ecuadorian capital.
The troops were held in a local public Hall, amid violent protests unleashed by the government's economic reforms.
Before being released, the indigenous people force the policemen to carry the coffin of a comrade who, according to them, had died during the confrontations.
Ecuadorian authorities denied that the indigenous man's death was due to the riots.
They have announced the arrest of several Venezuelans after President Lenín Moreno blames Nicolás Maduro and former President Rafael Correa for instigating the protests.
Bolivians protest en masse against President Evo Morales
Thousands of Bolivians took to the streets on Thursday to protest against President Evo Morales from trying to get re-elected.
The protesters are saying that Morales, who has been in power for nearly 14 years, has resorted to a legal trick to run for the fourth consecutive term, despite it being an unconstitutional act.
Analysts point out that for the first time in a long time, an opposition—the former President Carlos Mesa—has the likelihood of defeating Morales in the elections.
Polls indicate that, for the time being, Morales is winning tightly, which will prevent him from governing alone.
New Argentine rule makes kidnappers compensate victims
The Argentine Federal Court has issued an unprecedented ruling that proposes a new strategy in kidnapping cases.
For the first time, the federal court orders the seizure of the assets of a gang of kidnappers to compensate their victim.
At the request of the prosecutor's office, the court orders the auctioning of the two vehicles owned by the organization's chiefs after they were found guilty of a 2017 kidnapping.
The prosecutor also orders that the cash seized from the criminals during the investigations be used for compensation.
Based on the confession of one of the kidnappers, the court handed down sentences ranging from 12 to 20 years' imprisonment, for five of the seven persons involved.
The two other defendants have been declared fugitives.