El Salvador's president-elect, Mauricio Funes, testified emotionally today in the trial for the murder of his son Alejandro in October 2007. The
The president-elect of El Salvador has made an emotional statement at a trial for his son's murder in Paris.
"I am a man who is not seeking vengeance... only the truth," said Mauricio Funes. He wept in court.
Alejandro Funes, 27, a photography student in France, died in October 2007 from stab wounds on a pedestrian bridge near the Louvre Museum.
Mohamed Amor, the main suspect, has asked the family for forgiveness. The motive of the attack is unclear....
President-elect Funes's brother was shot dead at the beginning of El Salvador's civil war in 1980 and safety had been a factor in Alejandro leaving the country, plagued by gang violence, to study in France.
"We thought he would be safer here.. I would never have imagined that he would be beaten to death here," said Mr Funes, unable to stop himself from crying as he spoke.
The left-wing leader, who takes office in June following his electoral victory in March, paid tribute to his son.
"We shared the same ideals, the same life projects and the desire to transform El Salvador, to convert it into a just society that would put an end to violence," Mr Funes said.
Funes will be inaugurated as El Salvador's first left-wing president next Monday, June 1.