Wednesday, October 27

Interpol withdraws the red alert to arrest former Salvadoran president Salvador Sánchez


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The National Office of the International Police (Interpol) has revoked the Red alert issued to arrest the former Salvadoran president Salvador Sánchez Cerén, as well as the notifications against four former senior officials of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), who were also subject to an international arrest warrant.

The four former officials, Gersón Martínez, José Melgar, José López and Lina Pohl, are indicted in El Salvador for illicit enrichment and money laundering. According to Interpol, the orders have been withdrawn in accordance with the provisions of article 3 of the organization’s statutes.

Said article maintains that “any activity or intervention in political, military, religious or racial issues or affairs of a political, military, religious or racial nature is strictly prohibited to the organization,” as would be the case, according to information from the newspaper ‘La Prensa Gráfica’.

Faced with such a ruling, the only former officials detained under these charges in different penitentiaries in the country are Carlos Cáceres, former Minister of Finance; Calixto Mejia, former Deputy Minister of Labor; Hugo Flores placeholder image, former Deputy Minister of Agriculture; Violeta Menjívar, former Minister of Health; and Erlinda Reliable, former Vice Minister of Education, Science and Technology.

‘Operation Embezzlement’

All of them were captured on July 22 in what the tax and police authorities called ‘Operation Desfalco’ after being accused of allegedly receiving irregular payments in the administration of Mauricio Funes, as explained by the attorney general, Rodolfo Delgado.

On September 24, a resolution of the Third Investigative Court of San Salvador records that Interpol refused to participate in the dissemination and arrest of five former FMLN officials and militants accused by the Salvadoran Government of bonuses during the administration of the former president Mauricio Funes.

The former president, who was in charge of the country between 2009 and 2014, is being investigated, in turn, for the alleged embezzlement of 351 million dollars (300 million euros) from the Salvadoran state budget.

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