SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — El Salvador’s Supreme Court docket upheld a 10-year penal complex sentence against ex-President Tony Saca for corruption on Thursday and confirmed that he must return some $260 million to the train.
The ruling additionally upheld convictions against three used officers from his inside of circle and three used presidential workers who’re additionally below orders to reach motivate stolen money.
Saca was convicted in September 2018 after pleading responsible in connection with the diversion of bigger than $300 million from government coffers to advantage of his firms and third events, changing into the first Salvadoran ex-president stumbled on responsible of corruption.
His defense filed appeals earlier this year that resulted in the suspension of the repayments, however the Supreme Court docket’s decision overturned that.
Saca, 54, was president from 2004 to 2009 and was arrested in October 2016.
Two other presidents get additionally been accused of corruption: Francisco Flores (1999-2004) died in 2016 while awaiting trial below residence arrest, and Mauricio Funes (2009-2014) fled to Nicaragua where he was granted asylum, allowing him to steer away from going thru trial motivate residence.