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Arrest Warrant Issued For Ex-President Francisco Flores

LADB Article ID: 79305
Category/Department: El Salvador
Date: 2014-05-15
By: Benjamin Witte-Lebhar

El Salvador’s upcoming leadership change is being overshadowed by an unfolding corruption case involving one of the nation’s previous presidents, Francisco Flores (1999-2004), who has been "missing" since late January. Percolating since October 2013, the Flores corruption scandal took a show-stopping turn on May 6 when a judge in San Salvador issued a warrant for the ex-president’s arrest. The judge, Marta Rosales, also ordered the seizure of Flores’ assets, which reportedly include several residences, automobiles, and boats. Rosales made the decision just days after the Fiscalía General de la República (FGR), El Salvador’s attorney general’s office, filed criminal charges against Flores for embezzlement and illicit enrichment involving roughly US$15 million donated during his presidency by the government in Taiwan. Prosecutors also charged Flores with disobedience based on his failure to appear before an Asamblea Legislativa (AL) panel investigating the corruption claims.

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