The former president of El Salvador, Elías Antonio Saca was ordered to pay 6 millions of dollars

El Salvador's former president Elias Antonio Saca waits for his hearing on corruption charges in Santa Salvador, The Savior, May 16, 2018. REUTERS /Jose Cabezas

Former President Elías Antonio Saca remains detained in La Esperanza prison. Source: (Twitter)

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

El Salvador - Elías Antonio Saca, President of El Salvador between 2004 Y 2009 was sentenced to pay 6 million dollars as civil liability for the embezzlement of the same amount donated by the Government of Taiwan, as reported by the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR).

The ex-president will have to pay 6 millions of dollars, while Gerardo Balzaretti Kriete and Juan Tennant Wright will have to pay 2 million dollars each.

Those involved were dismissed in July 2019 of a criminal case for money laundering, Committed by collaborating with the late former President Francisco Flores, who ruled between 1999 Y 2004, for money laundering. But nevertheless, the process to determine your civil liability continued.

In July 2020, the FGR assured that it would seek to recover the 10 million dollars through a civil lawsuit.

The funds were delivered by Taiwan to El Salvador, between October 2003 and April 2004 to carry out four projects for the victims of the two earthquakes that affected the country in 2001.  

Former President Flores was sent to trial in 2015 for the alleged misappropriation of donated funds, but he passed away in 2016 before the process against him was opened. The Public Ministry attributed to Flores the appropriation of 5 million dollars and the rest would have been diverted to his party accounts, Republican Nationalist Alliance (ARENA).