El Salvador ex-President Saca arrested on fraud allegations
31 Oct 2016

El Salvador’s former President Elias Antonio Saca has been arrested over accusations of embezzling millions of dollars of public funds.

Prosecutors say six former officials in his government were also held.

Mr Saca, 50, has not publicly commented on the accusations. He held office from 2004 to 2009.

He is one of three former presidents – who were in power in the last 16 years – currently under investigation by the country’s prosecutors.

Mauricio Funes, who succeeded Mr Saca and left office in 2014, is facing a civil action in connection with funds discovered in his bank accounts, allegedly obtained illegally.

 

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