A Salvadoran judge on Tuesday asked the Interpol office in the country to issue a red broadcast to search for the former president of the Legislative Assembly, Norman Quijano, who has an arrest warrant to be processed for the crimes of procedural fraud and illegal groups .
Quijano, former deputy and senior leader of the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena) left the country on April 30 with a few hours left until the legislative period for which he was elected came to an end and the constitutional jurisdiction that prevented the authorities from doing so. captured.
The former deputy said on Twitter that he is in Honduras “attending a family engagement.” One of his lawyers told reporters that his client traveled to that neighboring country to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Prosecutor Arturo Cruz said that a court valued that Quijano “had not had any reliable evidence of wanting to submit to the criminal process”, for which he issued the arrest warrant and then the request to the international police to issue the red broadcast “for the search and location”.
In January 2002, the Public Ministry asked the Legislative Assembly to withdraw Quijano from the parliamentary jurisdiction to prosecute him as a common citizen, but they denied the request and the opinion was shelved.
On May 1, a few hours after losing the jurisdiction, the MP asked the courts to issue an arrest warrant against the former deputy, but this happened when Quijano had already left the country.
The MP claims to have evidence that Quijano met with members of the main gangs to offer them money to help him win the 2014 presidential elections.
Quijano allegedly gave the money through people linked to the Arena party. Despite this alleged support from the gangs, the elections were finally won by former guerrilla commander Salvador Sánchez Cerén.
“He began to negotiate and financed them $ 100,000 so that they would endorse the votes of the gangs, as well as their relatives, and have an impact on the communities where they operated, in the sense of putting pressure on the inhabitants of these communities will vote for Arena”, added prosecutor Cruz.
The MP claims to have videos in which Quijano is seen meeting with the alleged gang members, witnesses and other evidence that confirms the delivery of money to the gangs.
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