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El Salvador’s Supreme Court deems criminal gangs ‘terrorists’ – UPI.com

El Salvador’s Supreme Court deems criminal gangs ‘terrorists’ – UPI.com

The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of El Salvador has ruled that criminal gangs within the country will be considered terrorist groups, including the MS-13 gang.

El Salvador’s most notorious gangs, Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, and Barrio 18, as well as any other criminal organizations that threaten or frighten the country’s people are terrorists because of their “systematic attacks to life, security and personal integrity of the population,” according to El Salvador’s Constitutional Chamber.

The chamber upheld and expanded El Salvador’s 2006 Special Law Against Terrorist Acts on Monday to define as terrorists any group that threatens the country with legitimate violence, such as gangs, as opposed to standard international definitions of the term “terrorist.”

Source: El Salvador’s Supreme Court deems criminal gangs ‘terrorists’ – UPI.com