Security Minister says Sanchez Serene is in Nicaragua
The Public Prosecutor’s Office has requested a red notice of the former president’s arrest for the crime of money laundering. The Minister of Security called for reform so as not to stipulate corruption crimes, but the current Legislative Council rejected other similar initiatives.
The Minister of Security, Gustavo Vilaturo, reported at a press conference that after the arrest of several former officials in the government of former President Mauricio Funes, of the FMLN, he requested a red broadcast against former President Salvador Sánchez Ceren; They have learned that the latter has been in Nicaragua since last year.
“The information we have on immigration is that he left the country last year for Nicaragua,” Vilaturo said.
The security minister arrived at the parliament on Tuesday to approve a proposal to amend Article 32 of the Criminal Procedure Code so that it does not stipulate corruption crimes.
The government initiative envisages that the reform will be for the public system and with a retroactive effect, as the purpose of the executive authority is to prosecute the crimes of embezzlement, money laundering, illegal negotiations, bribery of various kinds, abuse of influence, embezzlement and illicit enrichment from governments. 30 years ago.
The president of the association, Ernesto Castro, of New Ideas, explained that “the reform initiative is such that it does not impose acts of corruption in this country, it involves officials of the past 30 years, that is, from all governments.”
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Currently, the law states that corruption offenses fall after 10 years. The draft law will be studied in the Legislation and Constitutional Points Committee of the House. However, Congressman Rodrigo Avila, of ARENA, noted that making the law retroactive as intended by the Executive Board is “unconstitutional.”
Avila explained that “according to the Constitution, laws can only have retroactive effect when it is a matter of public order, and in criminal matters but only when they are in the interest of the accused, that is the constitutional requirement.”
In addition, he noted that since ARENA has introduced several legal initiatives in the same sense to abolish the statute of limitations in corruption offenses, but unfortunately, he said, the current legislator sent them all to the archive.
“At a certain point there was talk of a lack of statute of limitations for corruption offenses, but it would be necessary to see reforms to the Code of Procedure or there might be a special law in this regard, which we proposed at a certain moment were reforms to the Penal Code and Criminal Procedure in this sense and went into the archives” Avila said.
On the same Tuesday, the Council intends to send 211 files from the House Legislation Committee to the archive, arguing that they “did not receive the proper motivation to become law or reform the law, and lost over time, at present, so they no longer respond to the reality and needs of citizens.”
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Gana’s deputy, Juan Carlos Mendoza, justified that the reforms would affect not only the formerly corrupt but also the current government.
“We cannot say that only in terms of what has happened, when the laws are fixed they remain for the rest of the time, they are appropriate measures, with the best tastes Jana will give her votes for this reform,” Mendoza said.