Friday, October 21, 2011
Judicial corruption in Guatemala -- but don't forget, the maid knows everything (Sí, la criada sabrá de todo)
In Guatemala -- where 98% of all serious crimes go unresolved, according to a United Nations report -- the "small detail" happened to be the witnessing of a domestic homicide. According to police one of the guilty parties is a former judge of the country's highest court, accused of concealing the whereabouts of her son, Roberto Barreda, the likely perpetrator of the murder.
Guatemala's National Civil Police arrested 67 year old Beatriz de León, an ex-president of the Supreme Court, at her residence in an eastern suburb of Guatemala City yesterday. She has been charged with obstruction of justice. She was taken away in handcuffs, and will have her first court appearance today. That's de León in a booking mugshot taken last night. "I plan to enter my plea before the court like any other citizen," said de León, who spent the night in a basement jail.
Last summer de León's daughter-in-law went missing, and nary another trace of her was ever seen. The former judge's son and other family members staged a series of public marches, seeking information on the vanished woman and demanding help from the police. Then, not long after, de León's son also mysteriously disappeared, together with his two young sons, ages 4 and 7 (the judge's grandsons). Everyone was left wondering.
A former domestic worker in the son's home finally admitted to police that she witnessed the July 6 murder after a domestic quarrel between Barreda and his wife, 34. Police say that Her Honor likely knows just where her son has concealed himself. Police are looking for him, as well as his deceased wife's remains. Another man has also been arrested, accused of helping Barreda carry his wife's body from the home and discard it in a river.
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