Former President Mauricio Funes of El Salvador was sentenced to six years in prison for tax evasion on Wednesday by a court in El Salvador. This is the second time in a little over a month that the ex-leader has been sentenced in absentia.

Prosecutors had initially requested an eight-year sentence for Funes, who currently resides in Nicaragua.

Last month, Funes was sentenced to 14 years in prison for engaging in negotiations with the country’s influential street gangs during his term as president.

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El Salvador Funes Trial



El Salvador’s President Mauricio Funes listens to a question during a joint news conference, in Guatemala City, on Feb. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

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El Salvador has been pursuing former President Mauricio Funes, who governed from 2009 to 2014, on numerous alleged criminal charges. Funes, who obtained Nicaraguan citizenship in 2019, has faced at least six cases against him.

Funes is the second former Salvadoran president to be sentenced to prison for illicit activities during his tenure. In 2018, former President Tony Saca, who served from 2004 to 2009, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to diverting over $300 million in state funds.

In order to accommodate trials for individuals not physically present, El Salvador amended its laws last year.

Prosecutors had accused Funes of evading approximately $85,000 in taxes in 2014, his last year in office. The court has also ordered him to pay fines and interest totaling $200,000.

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