Law enforcement agencies of El Salvador today detained former President elías Antonio Saca and several former high-ranking officials on charges of organizing a criminal community. Saka headed the Central American Republic from June 2004 to June 2009.
The Prosecutor’s office of El Salvador believes that Saca has placed millions of dollars of public money in the accounts held in the name of one of his entourage – Elmer Omerta of Orkila.
In addition to Saki and Orkila, police arrested three more of the once high-ranking officials “for crimes of corruption, the organization of criminal community, money-laundering and assets,” reads the police statement.
Before becoming President, Saca was a businessman and later became a famous journalist.
According to TASS, El Salvador for several decades, remains one of the most dysfunctional countries in the region. In 2015, the level of violence in the country has reached a high since the civil war, almost 80% increase over the previous year. Victims of violence in the past year were 6657 people, including 637 children and adolescents.
According to the UN study, in 2012, El Salvador took first place in the world in number of murders per 100 thousand inhabitants: an average of 104 cases. Authorities say that since then the situation has reversed and this year the performance will be better.