Violeta Menjívar, Calixto Mejía and Carlos Cáceres were arrested and accused of money laundering

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Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

The former Deputy Minister of Health, Violeta Menjívar; the former Minister of Finance, Carlos Caceres, the former head of Science and Technology, Erlinda Reliable, in addition to the leaders of the FMLN, Calixto Mejía and Hugo Flores Hidalgo were presented as detained for allegedly being linked to operations related to money laundering.

The attorney general Rodolfo Delgado called it "Operation Embezzlement" and it was executed between the Attorney General's Office and the National Civil Police, involved several raids for the arrest of former officials, while the capture of the former Minister of Public Works is pending, Gerson Martinez; the former Minister of the Environment, Lina Pohl and former President Salvador Sánchez Cerén.

All the officials detained and processed are former officials of the administration of former President Mauricio Funes, before these operations the director of the National Civil Police, Mauricio Arriaza Chicas said that Interpol will be requested to redistribute the international search for the rest of the people: "We have information that some of those named are in other countries".

The attorney general said that the arrests occur after a series of investigations that began in 2019, when the case against Mauricio Funes, who is linked to acts of illicit enrichment for extracting around 350 millions of dollars of public funds, The former president is asylum in Nicaragua and is backed by President Daniel Ortega.

The former officials captured would have received money in concept of bonuses through the secret game.

How much did they receive?

Violeta Menjívar would have received 177 one thousand dollars, Carlos Caceres 210 one thousand dollars, Calixto Mejia 208 one thousand dollars. Meanwhile, José Guillermo López Suárez would have received 565 one thousand dollars, Lina Pohl 177 thousand, Hugo Flores placeholder image 174 one thousand dollars, Gerson Martinez 290 mil y Erlinda Reliable 162 thousand. Former President Salvador Sánchez Cerén is credited with the sum of 530 a thousand dollars also in bonuses.