Legislative Assembly to study elimination of statutes of limitations for illicit enrichment crimes

By Eddie Galdamez
Thursday, February 18th, 2021 10:17 am

Legislative Assembly
Salvadoran Legislative Assembly

A group of Salvadoran Legislators introduced a motion to amend the Constitution and eliminate the statute of limitations on illicit enrichment crimes by public officials or employees.

The motion promoted by the Legislative Assembly president, deputy Mario Ponce, with the support of about 32 other deputies, was introduced in Wednesday’s Ordinary Plenary Session. The proposed amendment to the Constitution will begin to be studied in the Legislation and Constitutional Commission.

Deputy Mario Ponce stated that illicit enrichment crimes are “an evil that has been dragging down the country.” Ponce said to other legislators in the plenary session that they can still subscribe and support the initiative.

“I hope that the majority of deputies will join in this effort. Illicit enrichment is an evil that has been dragging the country for decades and decades, where it is not that they rob the State; they steal the poorest when resources are not invested according to the people who need it the most. I mean education, health, and the construction of necessary infrastructure for the development of the country, “said President Ponce.

Norman Quijano, ARENA deputy and former mayor of San Salvador, expressed his opinion on the initiative in a television interview. “I join the initiative of the President of the Assembly to reform the Constitution of the Republic so that they do not prescribe crimes related to the personal use of State resources. The ratification will be a litmus test for the next legislature,” said Quijano.

As of right now, the Constitution puts a 10-year statute of limitations on this crime; the 10-year statute begins once the public official or employee is no longer in that position.

Two legislatures must approve a reform to the Constitution; if the current Assembly approves it, it must be ratified by the next legislative body.

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