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El Salvador judges hold protest
Judges protest in El Salvador
Some of the protesters brandished copies of the constitution
More than 400 judges in El Salvador have held a street protest to complain about accusations of corruption against four of their colleagues.

Dressed in their robes, they delivered a letter of protest to the Supreme Court in San Salvador on Wednesday.

The judges were calling for prosecutors to investigate the cases with objectivity and prudence.

They also want the government to drop plans to allow state prosecutors to determine criminal cases.

Prosecutors have opened investigations into various of the four judges' decisions, including one ruling to release a man three months after he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for murder.

Defence lawyers for the judges say they were just applying the law.

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