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wionews.com 25 Nov, 2022 08:30 am

Honduran President Xiomara Castro declares national emergency over increasing criminal gang extortions

Honduran President Xiomara Castro declares national emergency over increasing criminal gang extortions
On Thursday (Nov 24), Honduran President Xiomara Castro proclaimed a national security emergency to tackle the escalating number of extortion crimes by criminal gang groups.  The government has also started a new executing strategy to tackle the violations with the deployment of 20,000 police officers, additional security measures for the highways, and anti-money laundering measures, Reuters reported.

Story highlights As per the Association for a More Just Society, a non-governmental group that focuses, this extortion nets the gang a yearly income of $737 million or 3 per cent of the nation's GDP On Thursday (Nov 24), Honduran President Xiomara Castro proclaimed a national security emergency to tackle the escalating number of extortion crimes by criminal gang groups.As per the Association for a More Just Society, a non-governmental group that focuses, this extortion nets the gang a yearly income of $737 million or 3 per cent of the nation's GDP.Tegucigalpa, Honduras Edited By: Tanisha Rajput Updated: Nov 25, 2022, 10:19 AM IST View in App In a televised address, the socialist president unveiled a new strategy to fight extortion that plagues the country.Also read | In Pics: Ex-Honduran prez gets extradited to US over cocaine-importation conspiracy charges In a televised address, the socialist president unveiled a new strategy to fight extortion that plagues the country.

The proclamation also permits the Honduran government to utilise public funds to combat the criminal gangs involved in kidnapping and drug trafficking.The measures went into effect on the same day, but the authority still needs to authorise the suspension of fundamental rights.

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