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Ex-El Salvador President Mauricio Funes sentenced to 14 years for negotiating with gangs

Published:Monday | May 29, 2023 | 8:31 PM
El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes stands in the National Assembly before speaking to commemorate the anniversary of his third year in office in San Salvador, El Salvador, June 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Luis Romero, File)

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A judge sentenced former El Salvador President Mauricio Funes to 14 years in prison Monday for negotiating with gangs during his administration.

Funes' trial began in April with the former leader living in Nicaragua.

El Salvador changed its laws last year to allow trials in absentia.

Prosecutors had accused Funes of illicit association and failure to perform his duties for the gang truce negotiated in 2012.

Funes had denied negotiating with the gangs or giving their leaders any privileges.

Funes' former Security Minister General David Munguía Payes was sentenced to 18 years in prison for his involvement in the negotiations.

Munguía Payes said after the sentencing that the trial was full of irregularities.

“I consider myself a political prisoner, for only having served as the ex-minister of President Funes.

They accuse me of a series of accusations that have no foundation,” he said.

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