Top El Salvador Officials Embroiled in Food Aid Theft Investigation

On 21 September, Insight Crime claimed that an abandoned investigation into alleged food aid theft by officials in the administration of El Salvador President Nayib Bukele has provided the first clear evidence that the government has systematically abandoned corruption probes involving its functionaries.  Involved was an incomplete Attorney General’s investigation into the theft of some $1.6 million of food products destined for poor people during the coronavirus pandemic.  It claims that a minister diverted food from the Public Health Emergency Program (Programa de Emergencia Sanitaria – PES) and then later sold it to a businessman previously accused of smuggling.  Other officials in the administration were also under investigation for possible involvement in the scheme.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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