11 August, 2022

Salvadoran politicians investigated by negotiating with gang

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By Editorial Voice of Diaspora

Several Salvadoran politicians are under investigation by Salvadoran authorities, for alleged conduct negotiations with gang leaders in El Salvador.

Leaders of the left and right, They were appointed last week to negotiate with gang members to influence the presidential election 2014 and they were indicted by the Salvadoran Attorney.

The stated occupied government positions and some now occupy public office. Among those under investigation is the mayor of San Salvador, Ernesto Muyshondt and deputy and former candidate for president Norman Quijano.

Although the Salvadoran Attorney indicted six political, He did not ask to be imprisoned. The charges include racketeering charges, crime commonly imposed on gang, and electoral fraud.

further, the statements of the Prosecution, indicate that the former Minister of Security, Benito Lara and Aristides Valencia, delivered a $100,000 gang members to favor the leftist party, FMLN, In the elections.

Representatives of the right-wing party ARENA, They are also indicated to have delivered other $100,000 gang leaders in exchange for votes, to win the election 2014.

In 2013, the government of President Mauricio Funes, fugitive from justice Salvadoran, accused of corruption, allowed the MS gang members and Mara 18 politicians negotiate a truce with decreased drastically, the numbers of homicides in the country.

So, that truce, also between gangs and security forces of the State, It was supported by the United Nations Organization (HIM), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the US Embassy in the country.