US sponsors wire-tapping center for El Salvador
Thursday, April 26, 2012
A new US-sponsored wiretapping center will begin operations next month in El Salvador, aimed at stepping up efforts against crime in the country.
The center, backed by a donation of more than $5 million from the US, will open in San Salvador in May, carrying out wiretaps and monitoring emails.
Evidence gathered from wiretaps can be used in court thanks to a law passed in February 2010. The center was supposed to be set up in September of the same year, but financial constraints meant it was delayed for over 18 months, according to prosecutors.