GUATEMALA CITY ( Associated Press) – The US Treasury Department announced sanctions Friday against 40 citizens and entities, including five Latin Americans accused of corruption. On the list are Alan Rodríguez, former president of the Guatemalan Congress, and Oscar Rolando Castro, labor minister of Salvador.
“Throughout 2022, Treasury took a number of actions to promote accountability for human rights violators and corrupt actors around the world, including sanctioning dozens of individuals and entities,” the Treasury Department said in a press release.
“By uncovering the aggressive behavior of these actors, we can help disrupt their activities, destroy their networks, and deprive them of resources,” Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson said in the statement. “
Sanctions are meant to block assets and interests that are in the United States or in the possession or control of US persons, prohibit transactions with Americans or in transit to that country, as well as contributions to any designated person.
Regarding Rodríguez, the Treasury Department said he used his authority as president of the Guatemalan Congress between 2020 and 2021 to provide grants in exchange for bribes. This also included Jorge Estuardo Vargas, leader of the National Deputy of Hope (UNE) party, who was linked to acts of corruption in ports, after the US revoked his visa to enter his country due to signs of obstruction in the fight against him. had taken Corruption. , and former Minister of Energy and Mines, Louis Chang.
The list also includes El Salvador’s labor minister, Castro, who has been accused of embezzling public funds for his personal gain and influence. In turn, the legal secretariat of the Salvadoran presidency granted Conan Tonathieu Castro Ramirez, who may have hindered the investigation of embezzlement of public funds during the pandemic, his visa to enter that country earlier, also to undermine institutional procedures. was withdrawn and cooperate in the unwarranted dismissal of justice and constitutional magistrates.
The list also includes sanctions against citizens and entities of North Korea, Russia, China, Guinea, Iran, Mali and the Philippines for human rights violations and corruption.