I recently discussed the unequal justice in the case of violence between peasants and police in Paraguay that ultimately served as the alleged pretext for the removal of President Fernando Lugo last year. The first few lines in this story reveal just how broken Paraguay’s justice system is, at least in this particular case:
The prosecutor says he has no physical evidence showing who killed six police officers during a land dispute that prompted the downfall of Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo. He says he didn’t even try to determine who killed 11 farmworkers who also died when the bullets started flying.
Even so, Jalil Rachid concluded that 10 peasants who survived the fusillade should be charged with attempted homicide, and punished by up to 25 years in prison. He’s also seeking lesser charges against four other people.
“It’s obvious that the farmworkers ambushed the police,” said Rachid, who spent six months investigating the clash.