El Salvador’s supreme court declared the country’s street gangs and those who finance them terrorist groups on Monday. The court said the well-known Marasalvatrucha or MS-13 gang and any other gang that attempts to claim powers that belong to the state
would be considered terrorists. It defined terrorism as the organized and systematic exercise of violence. The court’s declaration came as a denial to four attempts to declare the country’s Special Law Against Terrorist Acts unconstitutional. The court found that telephone wiretaps and the freezing of funds belonging to third parties tied to terrorist groups are constitutional, among other issues. The court spoke on the same day that El Salvador’s attorney general said an order to kill gang members in a prison over the weekend came from inside another prison.