El Salvador: Former president of El Salvador arrested on corruption charges

Author(s): Nelson Renteria | Date: October 30, 2016 | Language: English
Source: http://www.reuters.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/0q1XAi | Type: Text

El Salvador’s former President Antonio Saca was arrested Saturday on corruption charges alleging misuse of public funds, the attorney general’s office said on Sunday.
Saca, a businessman who ruled the small Central American national from 2004 to 2009, was detained Saturday night during the wedding reception of one of his sons at a reception hall in the capital.
He was arrested along with high-ranking former officials of his government, including ex-communications minister Julio Rank and youth minister Cesar Funes.
Several hours after the initial arrests, Saca’s former private secretary Elmer Charlaix voluntarily surrendered to the police. He faces charges of embezzling at least $18 million.

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