Salvadorans push for UN corruption investigation
SAN SALVADOR: Thousands of Salvadorans took to the streets demanding a UN anticorruption probe like the one in Guatemala that led to a wave of protests and resignation of its president.
“We want a CICIES, we want a CICIES,” the 3000-plus demonstrators chanted wildly in San Salvador.
They were referring to a Salvadoran version of the United Nations International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, known as CICIG, which uncovered the country’s corruption scandal.
Guatemala’s disgraced ex- president Otto Perez was accused of overseeing massive graft that allegedly milked the customs agency.
Last week he resigned and was promptly arrested on a court order.
Prosecutors say Perez, a 64year-old retired general, ran a network of corrupt officials that took bribes from businesses to clear their imports through customs at a fraction of the official tax rate.
The bribes amounted to $3.8 million between May 2014 and April 2015, including $800,000 received by Perez, prosecutors allege.