Sunday, December 05, 2004

Mother-in-law of Gilberto Soto arrested for slaying

The mother-in-law of slain Teamster Gilberto Soto has been arrested and charged with his murder according to today's press reports. The arrest came along with the arrest of three other suspects allged to have committed the crime, including two gang members. Salvadoran authorities have stated that the killing was not related to Soto's union activities but instead arose out of a family dispute. Soto's mother-in-law is alleged to have contracted for the killing. Because of the hostile environment to unions in El Salvador, many (including myself) had suggested Soto had been killed for efforts to unionize container truck drivers in El Salvador.

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