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Sep 19, 2014

Ex-El Salvador president to await graft trial in jail, not at home

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – Former El Salvador President Francisco Flores was taken from his home in San Salvador where he was under house arrest to prison on Friday where he will remain until he faces trial on corruption charges.

Flores, who was president of the Central American country from 1999 to 2004, was on the run from January until early September when he handed himself in to Judge Levis Orellana. He has been accused of misappropriating $15 million donated by Taiwan for earthquake relief efforts in 2001.

Sep 5, 2014

Former El Salvador president wanted for corruption given house arrest

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – A judge ordered former El Salvador President Francisco Flores to be held under house arrest after he turned himself in on Friday to await trial on corruption charges.

Flores, who was president of the Central American country from 1999 to 2004, had been on the run since January and has been accused of misappropriating $15 million donated by Taiwan for earthquake relief efforts in 2001.

Jul 31, 2014

El Salvador passes tax bill aimed at closing loopholes

SAN SALVADOR, July 31 (Reuters) – Lawmakers in El Salvador
approved a tax reform bill on Thursday that introduces a minimum
income tax targeting loopholes used by the rich, as well as a
imposing levy on financial transactions.

The measures were approved with a slim majority of 44 votes
of the 84 cast with the backing of lawmakers from the ruling
leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) with
help from the moderate right wing GANA party.

Jul 31, 2014

El Salvador detains Spanish priest for smuggling cell phones into jail

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – El Salvadoran police on Wednesday detained a Spanish priest known for supporting a fragile gang truce over allegations he smuggled cell phones into jail, police said.

Father Antonio Rodriguez, who is suspected of ties to a local gang leader, was stopped at a police checkpoint while driving to his home in the capital city of San Salvador early on Wednesday, authorities said.

Jun 6, 2014

El Salvador gangs urge new president to tackle violence

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – The heads of El Salvador’s main street gangs urged the country’s new president Salvador Sanchez Ceren to tackle criminals behind a recent wave of killings, declaring themselves blameless on Thursday for the violence gripping the Central American nation.

The leaders of five gangs known as maras, including the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and its rival Barrio 18, blamed criminal groups trying to create instability in El Salvador to justify death squads they said were attacking their members.

Apr 22, 2014

El Salvador church leaders call for new gang truce

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – Church leaders in El Salvador on Tuesday said they want to revive a fragile truce between the country’s powerful street gangs in order to curb a resurgence of violent crime.

Catholic Bishop Fabio Colindres, who helped broker a 2012 deal between gang leaders, proposed that religious leaders establish new talks with gang leaders.

Apr 4, 2014

El Salvador murders surge as gang truce fades

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – The number of murders in the small Central American country of El Salvador rose 44 percent in the first three months of 2014 compared with the same period last year, leaving a two-year-old truce still in force between violent gangs hanging by a thread.

There were 794 murders from January to end of March, up from 551 over the same period last year, El Salvador’s Institute of Legal Medicine said on Thursday.

Apr 3, 2014

World Cup ref can restore pride for El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – El Salvador soccer fans, hurting after life bans to 14 national team players for match fixing, will support the first Salvadorean referee and linesmen to go to the World Cup finals, a fan leader said.

Ivan Flores, who heads the Barra Azul that groups all national team fans, told Reuters the presence of Salvadorean match officials at the Brazil tournament would help heal El Salvador’s wounds.

Apr 3, 2014

Soccer-World Cup ref can restore pride for El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR, April 3 (Reuters) – El Salvador soccer fans, hurting after life bans to 14 national team players for match fixing, will support the first Salvadorean referee and linesmen to go to the World Cup finals, a fan leader said.

Ivan Flores, who heads the Barra Azul that groups all national team fans, told Reuters the presence of Salvadorean match officials at the Brazil tournament would help heal El Salvador’s wounds.

Mar 13, 2014

Former guerrilla wins El Salvador vote; rival protests

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – A former Marxist guerrilla leader won El Salvador’s presidential election by less than 7,000 votes, final results showed on Thursday, and his right-wing rival continued to press to have the vote annulled.

Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), which as a militant group fought a string of U.S.-backed governments in a 1980-1992 civil war, won 50.11 percent support in Sunday’s vote, results showed.