This story is not new in El Salvador, but I can't find any record that any English language blog or news source has covered it.
On June 8, 2009, Congressman James McGovern of Massachusetts wrote a letter to newly inaugurated Salvadoran president Mauricio Funes. After extending his congratulations to Funes on ascending to the presidency, McGovern turns to the question of weaknesses in the investigation of high profile criminal activity in the country. In particular, the Congressman asks Funes to turn his attention to three cases. Congressman McGovern requests that Funes "seriously consider":
1. A more vigorous investigation of the murder of Katya Miranda that includes an investigation of Mr. Godofredo Miranda's alleged cover-up of this heinous crime;
2. A re-examination of the alleged suppression by Mr. Godofredo Miranda of evidence against the Perrones Gang brought by the Costa Rican government in an effort to curtail drug trafficking through Central America;
3. Directing the Justice Ministry to open and pursue an investigation into the probable culpability of lower-level members of the Perrones Gang in the November 2004 murder of Gilberto Soto, an American Teamster labor organizer in Usulutan; and
4. Expanding the investigation of top-level Perrones Gang members who are currently in jail for drug trafficking and who arc allegedly still involved in moving drugs across borders and money laundering.
The police official mentioned, Godofredo Miranda, was the head of the anti-narcotics division of the National Police until he was removed from the position in December 2008. He is also the uncle of Katya Miranda. Godofredo Miranda, who is now a police official in Chalatenango, has blasted Congressman McGovern in statements to La Prensa Grafica, denying there is any evidence for McGovern's charges.
A year ago, I pointed out a column written by Ernesto Rivas-Gallont, who had suggested back then, the possible link between the Soto murder and the Perrones drug-trafficking ring.
It's a regular theme in this blog -- the lack of credible investigations by El Salvador's police and prosecutors makes impunity possible and leaves major questions in high profile cases for years to come.