1 October, 2022

Court sentences “Mecafé” to eight years in prison for corruption crimes

During the management of former president Mauricio Funes, the defendant received an aircraft as a gift from a Guatemalan company, which was favored with the granting of a construction project.

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

The Savior – This Tuesday afternoon, the First Sentencing Court of San Salvador sentenced businessman José Miguel Menéndez to eight years in prison, known as “Mecafe”, who was prosecuted for the crime of special cases of money laundering.
During the management of former president Mauricio Funes, the defendant received an aircraft as a gift from a Guatemalan company, which was favored with the granting of a construction project.

Jose Miguel Menendez, known as “Mecafe” (Photo courtesy CJIM).

“Mecafe”- received a small plane as a gift, for the award of the public contracting project, called "San Isidro Bridge", in Chalatenango, in his favor and former president Mauricio Funes Cartagena, when he served as president of the International Center for Fairs and Conventions (CIFCO).

In 2020, The Prosecutor's Office revealed that the Guatemalan businessman Jaime Ramón Aparicio Mejía delivered a small plane to the former Salvadoran president and to "Mecafé" in exchange for the construction contract for the San Isidro bridge, between the municipalities of San Pablo Tacachico, in La Libertad, and New Conception, in Chalatenango. This contract was for the amount of $8,487,716.94. The construction project was ultimately unfinished.


Therefore, the First Sentencing Court of San Salvador, stated that there is no doubt that the crime of special cases of money and asset laundering was committed, with Guatemalan businessman and former president Mauricio Funes, for which he was sentenced to eight years in prison.

It was found that the plane was in his possession and was used for personal purposes and that of the former president. further, requested the extinction of domain so that the plane given to him and former President Mauricio Funes would pass into the hands of the State.