El Salvador Ex-President Leaves Country Amid Corruption Probe
19 Aug 2016

Former President Mauricio Funes has reportedly left El Salvador on business as authorities raid properties in search for evidence he committed acts of corruption while in office, a case likely to test the new attorney general’s resolve to combat impunity for high-level politicians.

On August 17, El Salvador’s Attorney General’s Office raided seven properties belonging to Miguel Menéndez, known as “Mecafé,” in search of documents that would reveal corrupt acts committed by Funes during his 2009-2014 presidential term, La Prensa Grafica reported. Mecafé led the “Friends of Mauricio” movement that supported Funes during his 2009 presidential bid. He is also the owner of the company that won the greatest number of private security contracts awarded by the Funes administration, according to the Salvadoran news outlet.

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