(Trends Wide Español) — The United States Department of State added seven citizens of El Salvador and Guatemala to its list of corrupt and undemocratic actors, in accordance with a law that generally implies that those named have their visas canceled and are not eligible to obtain benefits. any immigration in several years.
None of those sanctioned based on section 353 of the Enhanced Compromise Act of the Northern Triangle of the United States faces any criminal or civil process in El Salvador or Guatemala.
From El Salvador, five magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice were included: Elsy Dueñas de Avilés, Óscar Alberto López Jerez, Héctor Nahun Martínez García, José Ángel Pérez Chacón and Luis Javier Suárez Magaña, to whom the Government of The US holds itself responsible for undermining democratic processes or institutions by accepting direct appointments to the House by the Legislative Assembly, in a process that appears to have violated the Constitution of El Salvador.
The US document adds that these magistrates approved a controversial interpretation of the Magna Carta that authorized the reelection of the president “despite an express prohibition in the Constitution of consecutive terms of the presidency.”
Trends Wide is trying to reach the magistrates to get their reactions.
Shortly after the list was known, the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, referred to the issue on Twitter: “It is clear that the list has NOTHING to do with ‘corruption’, but is pure politics and interference from the lowest “, wrote the president. “It is strange that NOBODY from the opposition is mentioned. Perhaps because of little angels,” he added. Finally, he questioned that the list did not include Hondurans. “How weird,” he said.
Guatemala’s attorney general enters the list
Washington indicates to the Attorney General of Guatemala, María Consuelo Porras, of obstructing and interfering in investigations of acts of alleged corruption.
In its statement, the State Department affirms that Porras included the order to “ignore” cases based on political considerations and undermining the investigations carried out by the now former head of the Special Prosecutor against Impunity, Juan Francisco Sandoval, who was dismissed.
The document adds that in Guatemala prosecutors investigating corruption in the country were transferred and fired. The US Government also signals the Secretary General of the Public Ministry, Ángel Arnoldo Pineda Ávila, of obstructing investigations into acts of corruption by interfering in the investigations.
Trends Wide is trying to contact the Guatemalan Public Ministry to obtain a response to the allegations.
“The United States will continue to use the tools at our disposal to promote accountability for attacks on the democratic aspirations of the people of Central America,” the State Department statement said.
Merlin Delcid and Michelle Mendoza contributed to this report.