Salvadoran ex-president gets new house arrest in graft case

Salvadoran ex-president Francisco Flores, accused of embezzling USD 15 million donated by Taiwan while in office, was ordered back to house arrest Monday amid health woes.

AFP| Last Updated: Nov 25, 2014, 04:26 AM IST

San Salvador: Salvadoran ex-president Francisco Flores, accused of embezzling USD 15 million donated by Taiwan while in office, was ordered back to house arrest Monday amid health woes.

Last month, Flores was sent to prison, but since then his health has declined, according to his attorney Edgar Morales.

"The judge has decided that the former president be switched to house arrest considering his health condition, which has taken a turn for the worse in prison," Morales said.

Judge Levis Italmir Orellana ruled that Flores can remain at his residence in San Benido, in the capital area, while he awaits trial.

Flores, who was president of the small Central American country from 1999 to 2004, claims to be a victim of political persecution.

He is accused of embezzlement, illicit enrichment and actions detrimental to public administration.

He was investigated by El Salvador`s Congress as well as the attorney general`s office after then president Mauricio Funes said US Treasury Department reports showed suspicious transfers by Taiwan to Flores between 2003 and 2004.