Sun. Feb 23rd, 2020

The ex-leader of the Salvadoran Congress denies links with gangs before the Prosecutor

The former president of the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador Norman Quijano denied Friday in an interrogation before the Prosecutor's Office the allegations of a witness that links him with the purchase of votes in the 2014 presidential elections and ties with gangs.

"It is an ongoing investigation that has allowed me to ratify that I am innocent, that I have never met with gang members," said Quijano, deputy of the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena), when leaving a headquarters of the Prosecutor's Office in San Salvador.

He added that prosecutors asked him to "refrain" from detailing the points questioned in the interrogation.

"I have nothing to hide, I have spoken clearly," said the former presidential candidate for the 2014 elections in a brief statement to the press.

A witness under the opportunity criteria said in a mass trial against members of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) that Quijano allegedly negotiated a million dollars in exchange for votes in the second round of the said elections.

On October 23, the attorney general, Raul Melara, said the Public Ministry will investigate "all" officials linked to negotiations with gangs designated by "Noah."

Another of the Salvadoran politicians splashed by the alleged negotiations of money to the gangs is the current mayor of San Salvador, Ernesto Muyshondt, also of Arena and to whom "Noah" attributed the delivery of $ 69,000 in 2015.

Muyshondt, linked to pacts with gangs since 2016 by newspaper publications, said recently that he did not give money to criminal structures and said he is willing to collaborate with the Prosecutor's Office in the investigations.

"Noah" also said that the leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) party handed over more than $ 200,000 for gang members to give them their votes in 2014, when they won their second consecutive presidency.

The gangs, a phenomenon considered as a heritage of the civil war (1980-1992) and which was strengthened with the deportation of gang members from the United States, have resisted different security plans of mass imprisonment, direct confrontation and dialogue of the last four governments .

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