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El Salvador asks Interpol to help detain ex-congress chief

Jan. 16, 2020 1:41 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A judge in El Salvador asked Interpol to issue a red note detention order for Sigfrido Reyes, the former president of the country’s congress, and three other people on corruption allegations. The press office for the court in San Salvador confirmed Thursday that the...

El Salvador families demand justice in past crimes by rebels

Jan. 3, 2020 3:27 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Relatives of people killed by guerrillas during El Salvador's 1980-1992 civil war demanded Friday that prosecutors investigate some former leftist rebels for crimes against humanity. El Salvador's armed forces committed the majority of the killings and disappearances, and...

Human rights commission asks El Salvador for records

Dec. 28, 2019 3:38 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights asked El Salvador on Saturday to turn over records related to the country's civil war to the courts and victims of alleged human rights abuses. In a preliminary report following a recent visit to the country, the commission also...

El Salvador upholds sentence of ex-President Tony Saca

Dec. 26, 2019 3:47 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s Supreme Court upheld a 10-year prison sentence against ex-President Tony Saca for corruption on Thursday and confirmed that he must return some $260 million to the state. The ruling also upheld convictions against three former officials from his inner...

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019 file photo, screens at the Isidro Menendez Judicial Center show dozens of Mara Salvatrucha gang members following court proceedings via videoconference, in San Salvador, El Salvador. A court in El Salvador has on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, sentenced 373 convicted members of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang to prison terms of up to 74 years for crimes ranging from murder and arms trafficking to terrorist association in a mass trial historic for the sheer number of defendants. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez, File)

El Salvador court gives hefty sentences in mass gang trial

Dec. 13, 2019 4:06 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A court in El Salvador has sentenced 373 convicted members of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang to prison terms of up to 74 years for crimes ranging from murder and arms trafficking to terrorist association in a mass trial historic for the sheer number of defendants,...

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele, talks to Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec.3, 2019. ( Noel Celis, Pool Photo via AP)

AP Explains: A look at El Salvador's new anti-graft body

Dec. 9, 2019 6:03 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Fulfilling a campaign promise, Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has moved to create the International Commission Against Impunity in El Salvador, tasked with tackling corruption, along the lines of similar investigative bodies that have operated in neighboring Guatemala...