Ecuador is planning to pardon up to 2,000 inmates. This is in order to relieve overcrowding at its detention centers after 118 inmates died. Further 79 had injuries in the country’s worst-ever prison riot earlier this week, an official said on Friday.
The country’s prisons are currently home to some 39,000 inmates, Garzon added.
Garzon said the riot was the latest in a wave of prison violence in the Andean country. It was “a battle for control and crime groups organized it . ” Riots left 79 dead in February and 22 in July of this year.
Officials say gangs have alliances with transnational criminal groups and are battling over drug trafficking routes.
Ecuador has sent 3,600 police and military reinforcements to prisons across the country. This is to maintain order, Interior Minister Alexandra Vela told reporters on Friday. She added that forensic units had identified 41 of the victims. had delivered the bodies of 21 of the victims to their families.
Meanwhile Eucador’s Dozens of inmates’ relatives have gathered outside a Guayaquil morgue seeking information about their loved ones. Authorities said at least six victims were decapitated.
Also Eduardo Montes, 60, was awaiting news of his 25-year-old brother Vicente Montes. Officials will release him in one month.
“They sent us a photo where you can see the head of one victim, and we believe it is my brother, but we do not know if he is really dead or if he is alive,” Montes said. “I have hope that he is alive and that they release him.”
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