The former mayor of San Salvador already had a criminal record for crimes committed by illegal groups and election fraud.
Former San Salvador Mayor Ernesto Muschond was accused yesterday of failing to pay $ 21,000 in withholding workers’ income tax on his farm company Montegrande.
A few hours later, he canceled the loan with the finance ministry, assuring his defense attorney, Arturo Mushond, that he hoped the case would end at a preliminary hearing next Wednesday.
The trial period is similar to 2018. Francisco Enrique Garcia Prieto Hirlemann, the ambassador of the library in Denmark, was also charged, for which he would be informed of the charges against him.
Wearing an armored helmet and bulletproof vest, Mushond was produced at the Tenth Peace Court under strict security measures.
“That justice must be done, (political) persecution must be stopped,” he said succinctly when he was taken to court.
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Prosecutors in the case said they had sought to detain Mushond while investigations continue in the trial court.
“He responded and signed the documents in the public treasury, where he said he had not actually paid,” the lawyer said.
Interest and penalties will be added to 000 21,000, so financial expertise will determine the total amount that can be paid and the criminal action will be extinguished, the public prosecutor says.
He hopes the former mayor’s bodyguard, Arturo Mushond, paid the bill to the finance ministry yesterday afternoon and will be released at an early hearing next Wednesday.
“Mushond’s arrest was made by his own company, not by the mayor’s in office,” lawyer Rodolbo Delcado said in an interview with Frende de Frecorporesian Salvadoria (TCS).
He assured that about 700 people have been affected by the process and that the process is continuing its course, ”Delcado said.
Fernando Eduardo Portillo Linares, the former treasurer of the San Salvador mayor’s office, has been operating independently since last October while retaining the capital mayor’s office.
To this end, Portillo Linares complies with the Code of Conduct. He also paid $ 10,000, as determined by the Eighth Peace Court at the time. Portillo Linares has been accused of allocating or improperly withholding labor fees of 45 municipal employees.
In this case the public prosecutor explained that 8 678,684 were withdrawn from the victims, but it was not sent to the companies: the Ministry of Finance, AFP and the banking agency; In order to pay the victims.
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Last Friday, San Salvador’s Second Court of Inquiry ordered the former mayor of San Salvador to use home guard and electronic bracelets, claiming he had negotiated with gangs.
However, the police caught him on the orders of the prosecutor’s office for a crime related to tax evasion.
The former mayor of the capital said on the day: “We welcome everyone to the dictatorship of Naib Bukel. I was the first of many who came. They will do to me what they do to any opponent. Dictator Naib Bukhale was responsible for whatever happened to me. “
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