FGR statistics indicate that between January and September this year, 80 bodies have been found spread around the country in 18 clandestine cemeteries and two wells, a method of disappearance used during the armed conflict by the fearsome death squads and army units who executed alleged left-wingers, although they also frequently left the bodies of their victims in public view by the roadsides.There has been an increase in the number of clandestine graves discovered in El Salvador in recent months. Previously, almost all victims had simply been disposed of in plain sight. Unfortunately, the Attorney General's Office has been unable to determine who is responsible for the mass graves. Gangs, organized crime syndicates, and drug traffickers are equally capable of such violence, hovever, gangs are the prime suspects. This reality has led to calls for radical changes to the way that the government is engaged in the war on crime, including the transfer of members of the military to the civilian police force.
Now clandestine burials are re-emerging in peacetime.
"Criminals try to evade justice for the crimes they commit, and the easiest way is to get rid of the body. Without a body, we can't pin the murder on anyone," an FGR prosecutor who did not give his name told IPS.
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