Wednesday, February 1, 2023

El Salvador: arrest warrant for former President Funes

SAN SALVADOR ( Associated Press) — A Salvadoran court on Wednesday ordered the arrest and sent to trial of former President Mauricio Funes for his alleged involvement in a truce between gangs. With which his government sought to reduce the murder rate in the Central American country.

The Attorney General of the Republic, Rodolfo Delgado, after declaring the ex-president absent and issuing an arrest warrant against him, stated on his official Twitter account, “The preliminary hearing ends and Mauricio Funes faces trial for agreeing with the gangs is ordered to do.” against.

Funes, who ruled El Salvador from 2009 to 2014, left the country in 2016 and has never appeared in court proceedings. Illegal groups will be prosecuted in absentia for crimes and breaches of duty, something that recent reforms to the penal code support and criminal process.

In this trial, retired General David Mungia Pius, former Minister of National Defense, is also being prosecuted, and the Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that the petition was accepted to prosecute illegal groups, breach of duty and arbitrary actions. was. Mungua Paez has been in jail since December 2021.

Munguía Pías also served as Minister of Justice and Public Security under Fun and held those positions in the following government of Salvador Sánchez Cerén (2014–2019), both administrations of the ex-guerrilla Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN). Were.

The prosecutor’s office assured that Mungua Paez was the one who established and structured the ceasefire of the gangs and that former President Funes found that the process was in violation of the laws, but he did nothing to stop it, on the contrary, he supported it.

According to the allegation, the struggle with gangs was the policy of the state. It originated in 2011, when Funes and Mungua Páez ruled, moving from the Ministry of National Defense to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, which is headed by the police. A subsequent resolution of the Supreme Court of Justice ruled that a military person could not lead that state agency and he returned to his previous position in defense.

The prosecutor’s office assured that Fani had made security in prisons more flexible. The leaders of these groups left the maximum security prison and were sent to where their comrades were being held. He ran criminal operations from there, allowing gangs to consolidate under the maxim that this flexible policy would help reduce the homicide rate.

Although there is no reservation in the case, the hearing was held behind closed doors and journalists were not allowed to enter to hear the prosecutor’s office’s arguments in the preliminary hearing.

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