El Salvador: They ordered the arrest of former President Salvador Sanchez Ceren on charges of illicit enrichment and money laundering

El Salvador: They ordered the arrest of former President Salvador Sanchez Ceren on charges of illicit enrichment and money laundering
Salvador Sanchez Serene (Photo: Europa Press)

El Salvador’s Justice of the Peace issued a decree this Wednesday International search and arrest of former President Salvador Sanchez Serene (2014-2019) and four other former officials assisted Interpol. international police accused corruption, the prosecutor’s office reported.

Marisela Velasquez, head of the Anti-Money Laundering Unit, noted that the decision was made by the San Salvador II Magistrate, a court that has sent the process to the investigation stage on charges of illicit enrichment and money laundering against Sanchez Serene and nine other former officials.

“The judge decided to issue an official letter to Interpol to locate them and make it available to the relevant courts.”He told reporters.

Sanchez Siren He is the fourth president of the democratic stage in El Salvador to have an arrest warrant against him for corruption.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, Sanchez Ceren was to receive كان 530 thousand dollars in a irregular rewards When he was Vice President (2009-2014) and the country was ruled by him Mauricio Funes.

Both came to power under the banner Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, Which suffered an electoral disaster as a result of corruption cases related to its administrations.

The whereabouts of Sanchez Serene, who is also a former guerrilla leader of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front and Who was to leave the country at the end of 2020 for Nicaragua, according to the security authorities.

Other former officials with an international arrest warrant are José López Juárez, former head of the Ports Executive Committee (CEPA) and former private secretary to the presidency Manuel Melgar, in addition to the former Ministers of Public Works and Environment, Gerson Martinez NS Lina Paul, Straight.

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Those who will remain in temporary prison are the former head of the treasury Carlos CaceresFormer Minister of Health Violetta MengevarFormer Deputy Ministers Picture of Hugo Flores NS Ireland trustedand former FMLN deputy Calixto Mejia (2014-2017).

These five former officials appeared in court on Tuesday to face Initial Hearing of the criminal process.

This case stems from the investigation against Funes by The alleged embezzlement of $351 million from the state budget.

Funes live in Nicaragua Since 2016 and in 2017, she obtained the citizenship of that Central American country, the constitution of which prohibits extradition of its citizens.

(With information from EFE)

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