The Courier-Mail

Salvadoran­s push for UN corruption investigat­ion

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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.

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