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They confiscated the property of former Salvadoran President Sanchez Ceren

SAN SALVADOR ( Associated Press) – The Salvadoran Public Ministry on Thursday seized a home, three vehicles and two bank accounts of former President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, who allegedly earned illegal income while serving as the country’s vice president and president. It was

The prosecutor’s office reported that the seized property registered in the name of William Osvaldo Vaquero León, the son-in-law of former President Sánchez Cerén, has a net worth of $1.2 million.

The former president was charged with crimes of money and asset laundering and embezzlement in Augustalong with 16 other former Rashtrapati Bhavan employees and private individuals, for allegedly participating in a corruption network that appropriated more than $183 million from the state coffers.

The group against the impunity of the Attorney General’s Office claims that there is evidence to verify that the defendants would have appropriated that amount from the budget for presidential reserve expenses during the term of Sánchez Cerén (2014–2019).

The prosecutor’s office assured that they would also remove a $3.9 million donation from the Taiwanese government.

Then, in August 2020, the government of former guerrilla Sánchez Cerén announced that El Salvador was severing ties with Taiwan and immediately replacing them with the People’s Republic of China.

According to the investigation, $155 million was withdrawn in cash and the rest was earmarked for payments to alleged suppliers who had no ties to the presidency.

The accusation also pertains to Sánchez Cerén receiving illegal funds totaling $530,000 when he served as Vice President of the Republic and Minister of Education in the government of President Mauricio Funes (2009–2014). Leftist Farabundo Front Martí for National Liberation (FMLN).

In June 2021, a judge ordered the temporary detention of 10 former officials of former President Funes’ government, including Sánchez Cerén, to stand trial for crimes of money laundering and illegal enrichment.

A day after that judge issued a search and arrest warrant against the former president, Daniel Ortega’s government granted Nicaraguan nationality to Sánchez Cerén. In addition, his wife, his daughter, and one of his grandchildren were nationalized.

The Nicaraguan constitution prohibits the extradition of its citizens.

Funes has five ongoing criminal proceedings in various courts in El Salvador, including a trial for the diversion of $351 million that went into the accounts of front men, relatives and relatives, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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