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Ex President Sanchez Ceren Has Been Arrested For Graft In El Salvador

Authorities have stated that they will seek foreign assistance in tracking down and apprehending the former president and other officials.
As part of a money laundering and corruption probe, El Salvador’s attorney general has ordered the arrest of former President Salvador Sanchez Ceren and nine top officials from a previous administration.
Five former high-ranking members of former President Mauricio Funess’s government from 2009 to 2014 were jailed while Sanchez Ceren was abroad of the country, according to the office.
Former chiefs of the ministries of health, finance, labor, agriculture, and the environment are among those sought.
During the time of the accused offenses, Sanchez Ceren was vice president, and the alleged offences included money laundering, embezzlement, and illegal enrichment when unauthorised monies were transferred.
The following term, he was elected president.
“They were given preferential treatment when it came to bonus payments,” the attorney general’s office stated in a statement.
Attorney General Rodolfo Delgado said during a press conference that he would seek foreign assistance in locating Sanchez Ceren.
“We’ve issued arrest warrants, and we’ll ask Interpol to activate its search mechanisms against Salvador Sanchez Ceren later,” he said.
President Nayib Bukele, who is currently in office, has branded his predecessor as a “fugitive from justice” who fled the nation in December 2020.
Bukele has also been chastised for a series of questionable decisions, including the dismissal of an attorney general and five Supreme Court judges, as well as the closure of an anti-corruption office.
Sanchez Ceren and the other members of the Funess administration are members of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), the left-wing group that Bukele represented early in his career before being rejected due to claims that he sowing division and breaking party rules.
The claims against Bukele have been refuted by Bukele.
Five members of the Bukeles cabinet, as well as opposition figures, were “credibly alleged” to be corrupt in May, according to the US.

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