A preliminary trial against the director of the National Police is ready to start.

Arriaza Chicas
 November 14, 2020   By Eddie Galdamez

The Legislative Assembly formed a special commission and declared the pre-trial process open against Mauricio Arriaza Chicas, the current National Police director.

The special commission creation took place on Thursday, November 12th, at the legislative plenary session; its only objective is to decide if Police director Arriaza Chicas should keep his protection status or remove it.

The request to remove Chicas’ protective status came from the Salvadoran Attorney General’s Office (FGR). The Legislative Assembly confirmed that it meets the requirements established in articles 124 and 125 of the Internal Regulations of the Legislative Assembly (RIAL) to start the process.

Police Director Arriaza Chicas is looking at charges for not following a directive from a Legislative Assembly special commission. Chicas was directed by the Legislative Branch to bring the finance minister Zelaya to the Legislative Assembly for questioning. Arriaza didn’t follow the directive.

The Request by General Attorney Melara is a political move by the FMLN and ARENA, according to the Nayib Bukele Administration. Although the General Attorney is an impartial entity, Melara has deep ties with the right-wing political party ARENA.

“It took three months to form the special commission against Norman Quijano of ARENA, but it takes less than three days to create one against the National Police Director. The Legislative Assembly protects those who negotiate with gangs (Quijano) and go after those who lower homicides.”
Christian Guevara Guadron.

The Salvadoran Minister of Security, Rogelio Rivas, indicated that the pre-trial request against the PNC director is an apparent boycott of President Bukele’s security plan.

Portillo Cuadra of ARENA said that the only person responsible for the police director facing this pre-trial is President Nayib Bukele.

Even though the General Attorney has the right to request the removal of Arriaza Chicas’s protective status. There is no question that any action taken from this point on will have political implications. After all, we are about three months away from a Legislative election.

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