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Salvador’s ex president hands self in on corruption allegations

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

Francisco Flores, Salvador’s former president who is wanted on corruption charges, has handed himself in.

Flores is accused of misappropriating $15 million US that Taiwan gave the country during his term in office between 1999 and 2004.

Flores, who has been out of the public’s view for several months, denies the charges, which he says are politically motivated.

A warrant for his arrest was issued in May. A judge has now put him under house arrest.

Flores, from the conservative Arena party, said he had asked Taiwan for donations on three occasions. The first time, he said, it was to help reconstruction efforts after two earthquakes killed about 1,500 people in 2001.

Another time he had asked Taiwan for help in combating drug trafficking, and a third donation was to fight crime and gangs, he explained.

El Salvador’s Congress as well as the attorney general opened investigations against him his successor as president, Mauricio Funes, said the US was investigating suspicious transfers into his bank accounts.

(Source: BBC World)

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