CICIES has sent 12 cases of possible corruption to the Prosecutor’s Office

Commissioner Ronalth Ochaeta said Wednesday that they have referred these cases, from five institutions, to the Prosecutor’s Office. He did not detail in which transactions or from which portfolios they are.

On Wednesday, April 7, the head of the International Commission Against Impunity in El Salvador, Ronalth Ochaeta, stated that they had sent “12 notices of possible crimes in State portfolios to the Prosecutor’s Office.”

Ochaeta did not detail which institutions they are, the type of crimes they have detected or in which transactions they have been identified, but said that this is part of the cooperation agreements that the Commission has together with the Attorney General’s Office (FGR).

On March 16 of this year, the Prosecutor’s Office provided the Anticorruption Legal Advice Center (Alac-Funde) with information on three notices received from the International Commission Against Impunity in El Salvador (CICIES), nine less than those mentioned yesterday by the commissioner. .

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All the cases referred until March are for alleged illegal negotiations and are under investigation. At that time, it was not detailed which were the public institutions involved in the alleged illicit acts.

Wilson Sandoval, from Alac-Funde, explained to El Diario de Hoy that although it is not known for sure what cases, institutions or officials are involved, it is likely that he refers to “the current government.”

“The problem is that from January to date, we no longer know if the CICIES came to know about municipalities, which is one of its objectives. But there is no evidence to suggest that they are meeting outside the Executive, taking into account that it is with whom they have agreed work agreements, ”Sandoval explained.

Call for legal reforms

Commissioner Ochaeta said yesterday that “the fight against corruption in favor of transparency and accountability of officials is essential for the governance and development of the country.”

Therefore, he stated that “it is necessary to create the conditions for a new legal architecture that prevents and punishes corruption, as well as the political will to approve it.”

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The main point to reform, he said, is to strengthen the prevention of corruption, which in his opinion is less costly than prosecuting it. The CICIES has also presented reform proposals such as the ability to be a plaintiff in anti-corruption cases.

In addition, civil society organizations have proposed providing the framework of the Commission with legislative endorsement and greater independence. This has had the backing of US congressmen, who could commit funds to strengthen it.

However, yesterday Nayib Bukele said that this initiative to strengthen the CICIES will not prosper.

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