Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora
The State Department released the Engel List, that reveals the names of officials and former officials who are involved in corruption cases in their countries, obstruction of justice and weakening of democratic guarantees.
Among those designated by the federal agency are people close to the president of El Salvador, n watch, Honduran officials and two Guatemalan judges were also included. The Engel List was created from a law sponsored by the former representative, Eliot Engel and was enacted by Congress in December.
This regulation obliged the State Department to gather in 180 days, the list of corrupt officials of the Northern Triangle of Central America, that is to say, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Among the names revealed by the Government are high-level officials from El Salvador, as Nayib Bukele's Chief of Staff, Carolina Recinos, the Minister of Labor, Rolando Castro, the former Minister of Justice and Security, Rogelio Rivas.
Among the Guatemalan judges indicated is the magistrate of the Constitutional Court, Nester Vasquez, recently appointed and several deputies from Honduras.
They are for reasons related to inappropriate interference in the selection of magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice, affect the democratic processes of their countries and harm their political opponents. Until now, none of the officials has issued comments regarding the allegations.
Signs according to the Engel List
Walter René Araujo Morales, former member and president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, undermined democratic processes or institutions by calling for insurrection against the Legislative Assembly and repeatedly threatening political candidates.
Pablo Salvador Anliker Infante, former Minister of Agriculture, engaged in significant acts of corruption by embezzling public funds for personal gain.
Conan Tonathiu Castro Ramírez, current Legal Advisor to the President, undermined democratic institutions or processes by assisting in the inappropriate removal of five Supreme Court Justices and the Attorney General.
Oscar Rolando Castro, Minister of Labor, obstructed investigations into corruption and undermined democratic institutions or processes in order to harm political opponents.
Osiris Moon Meza, Vice Minister of Security and Director of Penal Centers, has engaged in significant acts of corruption related to government contracts and bribery during his tenure.
Jose Luis Merino, Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Investment and Development Financing, engaged in significant acts of corruption during his tenure through bribery. He also participated in a money laundering scheme.
Ezequiel Milla Guerra, former mayor of La Unión, engaged in significant corruption by abusing his authority as mayor in the sale of Perico Island to agents of the People's Republic of China for personal gain.
José Aquiles Enrique Rais López engaged in significant corruption and undermined democratic processes or institutions by bribing public officials.
Martha Carolina Recinos de Bernal, current chief of staff, engaged in significant corruption by misusing public funds for personal gain. He also participated in a major money laundering scheme.
Carlos Armando Reyes Ramos, current member of the Legislative Assembly, obstructed corruption investigations by improperly influencing the selection process for Supreme Court Justices.
Othon Siegfried Reyes Morales, former legislator of the FMLN party of El Salvador, participated in significant acts of corruption during his tenure through fraud and misuse of public funds.
Rogelio Eduardo Rivas Polanco, former Minister of Security and Justice, engaged in significant acts of corruption by embezzling public funds for personal gain.
Adolfo Salume Artiñano, implicated in significant acts of corruption and undermining democratic processes and institutions by bribing a Supreme Court magistrate to avoid paying a fine.
Luis Guillermo Wellman Carpio, current Magistrate of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, undermined democratic processes or institutions by causing serious and unnecessary delays in election preparations and tabulation of results for personal gain and allowing China's malign influence during Salvadoran elections.