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Inmate Dies in Clash at Guatemalan Prison

GUATEMALA CITY – One inmate was killed and seven others injured Thursday in a disturbance at the Canada Prison Farm in the southern province of Escuintla, Guatemala’s deputy interior minister said.

The dead man was serving a sentence for kidnapping, Julio Rivera told reporters, though he offered no information on the cause of death.

The incident was sparked by inmates’ unhappiness over the transfer of some prisoners to another penal facility, the deputy minister said.

Police and soldiers re-established control of the prison farm and will soon conduct a thorough inspection, Rivera said, adding that authorities are aware the “centralization of highly dangerous prisoners” will provoke reactions from inmates.

“We are already sure of the things that can come our way,” he said. “We won’t allow any kind of mafia inside the prisons.”

The government aims to concentrate the most dangerous inmates in a single maximum security prison, according to Rivera, so authorities can stop them from continuing to manage their criminal activities from behind bars.

Jailed gang leaders and other crime bosses have been linked to murders and extortion rackets. EFE
 

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