For­mer Pres­i­dent ar­rested

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

SAN SAL­VADOR (AP): FOR­MER SAL­VADO­RAN Pres­i­dent Tony Saca was ar­rested Satur­day for al­leged il­licit en­rich­ment, un­law­ful as­so­ci­a­tion and money laun­der­ing, prose­cu­tors said.

Saca, a for­mer ra­dio sports an­nouncer, held of­fice from 2004 to 2009 for the right­ist Na­tion­al­ist Repub­li­can Al­liance.

Po­lice said six for­mer of­fi­cials in his gov­ern­ment were also ar­rested. Saca and two of the other sus­pects were ar­rested at the wed­ding of one of Saca’s chil­dren.

Prose­cu­tors say the for­mer pres­i­dent has not clar­i­fied the ori­gins of $5 mil­lion of the $6.5 mil­lion in as­sets he ac­quired dur­ing his time in of­fice.

He de­clared his for­tune at $3.6 mil­lion when he took of­fice. Five years later, it had grown to $13.1 mil­lion.

But newly sur­faced ev­i­dence sug­gests the sums in­volved could be even larger.

Elmer Char­laix, Saca’s for­mer pri­vate sec­re­tary and one of those ar­rested, al­legedly had $5.8 mil­lion in pri­vate bank ac­counts, For­mer Pres­i­dent of El Sal­vador Tony Saca

and prose­cu­tors said he could not ex­plain the ori­gin of the money. He al­legedly wrote about $15 mil­lion in checks to Saca, other of­fi­cials and Saca’s party.

Char­laix turned him­self in at a po­lice sta­tion, say­ing, “I have come to face the ac­cu­sa­tions against me.”

For­mer Pres­i­dent Mauri­cio Funes, who suc­ceeded Saca, is also un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for al­leged cor­rup­tion. Funes, who gov­erned From 2009 to 2014, has taken asy­lum in Nicaragua.

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