Weekly Report - 21 October 2021 (WR-21-42)

PARAGUAY: Government responds to another prison scandal

The Paraguayan government led by President Mario Abdo Benítez is grappling with yet another prison-related scandal, after a ‘VIP cell’ was discovered during a raid on the prison in Pedro Juan Caballero (PJC), a city on the border with Brazil. This is not the first time that the PJC prison has been at the centre of controversy – last year it was the site of a mass prison break [WR-20-03] – and Justice Minister Cecilia Pérez responded swiftly with an order to close the prison.

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