They order the arrest of former president Mauricio Funes accused of paying bribes



A Salvadoran court decreed today the arrest of the ex-president of his country Mauricio Funes (2009-2014), in relation to a new criminal proceeding in which he is accused of paying bribes to the former attorney general Luis Martínez.

The purpose of those bribes, according to the indictment, was to avoid investigation of a gang armistice.

The Fourth Court of Peace of San Salvador also decreed detention and instruction against Deputy Prosecutor General Edgar Márquez, prosecuted for the same case, informed the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR).

According to the Public Prosecutor's Office, Funes and Márquez are being prosecuted for the crimes of active bribery, bribery, omission of the investigation and aggravated documentary falsification.

Funes, who faces this proceeding as an absent defendant and has not sent legal representation to the court, is part of a group of 10 defendants involved in a scheme of bribes inside the Prosecutor's Office, dismantled through the so-called "Operation Corruptela" "

The exmandatario, asylum in Nicaragua with his family, is accused of paying about $ 935,000 to former Attorney General Martinez (2012-2015) to avoid investigation for the armistice of gangs, the irregular construction of a dam and other cases .

Funes attributed to the armistice among the gangs a noticeable drop in homicide figures in El Salvador, but after its end this Central American country experienced sustained rises in violent deaths to reach 103 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2015.

This process against Funes joins another one that the exmandatario faces for the alleged misappropriation of more than 351 million dollars of the public budget during his government.

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