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El Salvador arresting negotiators of now defunct gang treaty

El Salvador's Attorney General's Office says arrest warrants have been issued for 21 people tied to a 2012 gang treaty that temporarily lowered the country's homicide rate.

The office said Tuesday through its official Twitter account that Raul Mijango, a onetime guerrilla who brokered the treaty, is among those arrested along with unidentified former government officials and ranking police.

Among the charges they face are illicit association and introducing contraband into prisons.

In March 2012, the leaders of the Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 gangs agreed to slow the killing. In exchange, the government agreed to move gang leaders out of the maximum security prison known as Zacatraz to other prisons where they had more contact with the outside.

The treaty dissolved in September 2013.