SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – El Salvador’s Supreme Court on Thursday approved a request by the country’s attorney general that former President Mauricio Funes be extradited home from Nicaragua to face corruption charges.
Funes, who governed El Salvador from 2009 and 2014, is accused of embezzlement and money laundering involving $351 million. The court said in a statement that 15 magistrates unanimously approved the extradition request.
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Funes, 59, said the extradition would violate his right to defense and that Nicaragua could choose to deny it. He has lived since 2016 in the neighboring country, where he has political asylum that would protect him from extradition.
The former journalist who governed under the banner of the left-wing Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) party, which is an ally of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega,...
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