Congress cites two former Salvadoran presidents in irregular payments case

San Salvador, July 14 (EFE). Former Salvadoran presidents Alfredo Christiani (1989-1994) and Elias Antonio Saca (2004-2009), imprisoned for embezzlement, were summoned before a special congressional commission investigating secret payments to officials. , the state body said on Wednesday.

The aforementioned committee, which has the power to forcibly declare whomever it deems necessary, has scheduled the appearance of Kristani and Saka next July 21.

In addition, their two former private secretary, Arturo Tuna, and Elmer Charlex Urquilla, respectively, will announce.

The head of the aforementioned commission, Jorge Castro, confirmed that they had the legal authority to summon former presidents.

Saka and Charliax are imprisoned for embezzlement and laundering of more than $300 million from the state budget, and Castro indicated that they would negotiate with the General Directorate of Punitive Centers to present themselves.

Both former presidents ruled under the banner of the National Republican Alliance (ARENA, right), and was also punctuated by the alleged corruption case of the late former president Francisco Flores (1999-2004).

According to the Attorney General’s Office (FGR), Flores could have funneled $15 million in donations from Taiwan and 10 of those millions were handed over to the Arena.

This special commission was proposed by Congress President Ernesto Castro, who on Monday refused to vote on a recommendation from an opposition lawmaker that it also investigate incumbent government officials.

According to a press investigation by the digital medium El Faro, during the presidency of Mauricio Funes (2009-2014), several million dollars were awarded in unannounced rewards to the treasury.

Among the former officials that names the El Faro investigation who received bonuses is former President Salvador Sanchez Ceren (2014-2019), who was vice president and education minister during the Funes administration.

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