El Salvador’s ex-president Saca confesses irregular payments to officials

El Salvador's ex-president Elías Antonio Saca (2004-2009) on Wednesday confessed before a Legislative Assembly committee that during his administration he authorized the irregular delivery of cash to his government's officials, ex-prosecutors and ex-judges of the Supreme Court.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Saca, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2018 after confessing in court to embezzling over US$300 million, testified before a pro-government majority committee investigating these secret payments.

"I handed it over believing that this was legal because this is how it had been done by all administrations," Saca said, while not detailing if he handed over this type of payment to himself.

The ex-president, who was also convicted of bribery, said that this practice was considered "compensatory payments" and that the funds came from a reserved or secret expenses budget . . .

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