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International News: United States sanctions politicians close to El Salvador’s President for alleged corruption

Posted: Monday, December 12, 2022. 9:51 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Friday, the United States reportedly sanctioned several Central American officials including 2 politicians close to El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele, Reuters report.

More than 40 people were sanctioned including Salvadoran Labor Minister Rolando Castro who was allegedly engaged in “misappropriated public funds for his personal benefit,” and used his position to influence unions.

After the announcement, Castro tweeted, “To the people of the United States, my respect and appreciation. To your government, go ahead, I authorize you to freeze my bank accounts in your country!”

In addition, the Salvadoran presidency’s legal secretary, Conan Castro is sanctioned for “obstructing investigations into misappropriation of public funds intended to fight the coronavirus pandemic in 2020”.

The Salvadoran Presidential office has not commented on the announcement.

Two Guatemalan lawmakers and a former minister were also listed.

 

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