Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Prosecution of ex-president Flores to proceed in secret

The judge in El Salvador who is in charge of the corruption proceedings against ex-president Francisco Flores has decided that the case will not be made public.  From the Free Press Journal:

A judge has imposed strict privacy on proceedings involving Salvadoran ex-president Francisco Flores’s alleged misappropriation of USD 15.3 million donated by Taiwan.  Judge Levis Italmir Orellana ordered that the case proceed in private behind closed doors, and “parties to the case no longer will be able to comment publicly,” a court source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The proceedings later can be made public again, but only if prosecutors make an appeal, and succeed, the source added.
That's a step backwards in the fight for transparency in El Salvador's institutions.

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