Salvadoran congress passes bill to end impunity in sex crime

El Salvador lawmakers pass bill to stop impunity in sex crimes as country's church faces growing number of abuse cases

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

Monsignor Jesus Delgado, right, listens to Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for Families, during a press conference, at the Vatican.

Lawmakers in El Salvador passed a bill on Thursday to remove the statute of restrictions on sex crimes against minors amid growing number of abuse cases committed by Church Priests.

The bill claimed that “serious crimes” of sexual abuse of children and teenagers have not faced justice because of the statute of limitations.

Many crimes could not be investigated by authorities because of the limitations, the victims say.

Jose Escobar, archbishop of San Salvador’s Catholic Church, on Sunday requested congress to remove the statute of limitations and he assured that the church would not cover cases of abuse.

He also denied allegations that he attempted to bribe a woman who was sexually abused by a priest to keep her silent.

Offices are expected to be open across the country to receive and probe reports of sex crimes in churches.

Last month, a church fired a senior priest and former secretary following accusations that the priest had sex with a junior. Another priest was also fired.

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