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November 25, 2000 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Salvadoran congressman who admitted that he shot and wounded a police officer during a drunken rampage will not face criminal charges after fellow legislators voted early Friday to let him keep a privilege that human rights activists say verges on impunity for public officials. Deputy Jose Francisco Merino will retain legislative immunity, which protects him and El Salvador's 83 other lawmakers from criminal prosecution, much the way diplomatic immunity protects foreign envoys.
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November 25, 2000 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Salvadoran congressman who admitted that he shot and wounded a police officer during a drunken rampage will not face criminal charges after fellow legislators voted early Friday to let him keep a privilege that human rights activists say verges on impunity for public officials. Deputy Jose Francisco Merino will retain legislative immunity, which protects him and El Salvador's 83 other lawmakers from criminal prosecution, much the way diplomatic immunity protects foreign envoys.
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