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Ousting of El Salvador’s Top Prosecutor Imperils Rule of Law

By Alex Papadovassilakis and Seth Robbins, InSight Crime, 3 May 2021 InSight Crime — The decision by legislators aligned with El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele to oust the country’s top prosecutor may spell the end of several crucial organized crime cases. On May 1, Congress… Read More

Salvadoran court orders ex-president to return $4.4 million in stolen funds

A civil court in El Salvador on Tuesday found former President Elias Antonio Saca and his wife Ana Mixco guilty of “illicit enrichment” and ordered them to return $4.4 million to state coffers, authorities said. Prosecutors had found irregularities in the couple’s wealth declaration and accused both of transferring public… Read More

Prosecutors in El Salvador file charges against ex-president

AP – Prosecutors in El Salvador presented charges of bribery, money laundering and criminal conspiracy Friday against former President Mauricio Funes, who has fled to Nicaragua. The charges allege that Funes, his companion, Ada Mitchell Guzmán, and several others defrauded the government of almost $50 million. Funes, who was… Read More
22nd April 2020
Latin American governments have implemented some of the swiftest measures in the world to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. El Salvador closed its borders to foreign travelers and imposed a national quarantine on March 12, a full week before the country registered its first case of COVID-19, the… Read More
24th September 2019
Western Hemisphere nations voted Monday to employ a regional treaty to impose sanctions against embattled Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro, accusing his regime of criminal activity including drug trafficking and money laundering. In a meeting convened by the Organization of American States, 16 of the 19 states party to the Inter-American… Read More
20th September 2019
A court handed down a two-year prison sentence for bribery to former Salvadoran President Elias Antonio Saca, the attorney general’s office said on Thursday. Saca, 54, who is already serving a 10-year prison sentence for misuse of public funds and money laundering, was found guilty of having offered $10,000 to… Read More
9th September 2019
Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele on Friday unveiled a new independent commission to tackle corruption, taking inspiration from a U.N.-backed body that toppled the previous president of neighboring Guatemala. Bukele, who took office in June, has vowed to stamp out corruption that has implicated former presidents and said he had created… Read More
31st July 2019
Former Salvadoran president Mauricio Funes has been granted Nicaraguan citizenship, according to a decree published on Tuesday in the Nicaraguan government registry, likely hobbling El Salvador’s efforts to bring him home to face charges of embezzlement and money laundering. The Nicaraguan constitution holds that no citizen may be extradited. Salvadoran… Read More
7th June 2019
AP — Authorities in El Salvador say ex-President Tony Saca has reached a deal to plead guilty to bribing a judicial official to leak information in a civil case against him. Prosecutors say in a legal document that Saca will face an abbreviated judicial process and be given a two-year… Read More
15th May 2019
AP — A former El Salvador first lady has pulled out of a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to corruption charges after they demanded she return $17.3 million in allegedly ill-gotten gains. Ana Ligia de Saca’s deal would have given her an abbreviated legal process and community service instead… Read More
3rd April 2019
AP — El Salvador’s former first lady Ana Ligia de Saca has reached a deal to plead guilty to corruption charges related to her role in the laundering of $25 million in public money. Her husband, former President Tony Saca, is already serving a 10-year sentence for the diversion of… Read More
29th March 2019
AP — Prosecutors in El Salvador have issued another arrest warrant for former President Mauricio Funes, this time for alleged tax evasion. The prosecutor’s office says Funes is accused of failing to declare about $270,000 and evading some $85,000 in taxes. Under Salvadoran law, tax evasion is punishable by six… Read More
13th September 2018
An El Salvador tribunal sentenced former President Antonio Saca to 10 years in prison on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to embezzlement and money laundering charges involving more than $300 million of public funds. Saca, 53, pleaded guilty to the charges last month. His lawyer said at the time that… Read More