Salvadoran Police arrests Ernesto Muyshondt, former mayor of San Salvador

By Eddie Galdamez  |  Jun 6th, 2021
Ernesto Muyshondt
Ernesto Muyshondt, former mayor of San Salvador

Last Friday, June 6, the Salvadoran Police arrested Ernesto Muyshondt, the former mayor of San Salvador, for crimes related to misappropriation of employee earnings. The arrest order was issued by the office of the Salvadoran attorney General.

Muyshondt’s arrest took place outside the Isidro Menéndez Judicial Center. The former mayor was at a hearing where the prosecution wanted his bail removed; this hearing was related to another charge the former mayor faces.

“I am being arrested by orders of Bukele,” said the mayor as he was being taken into custody. “I am the first political prisoner in El Salvador under the Bukele regimen,” stated Muyshondt.

The arrest came a day after Luis Almagro, secretary-general of the OAS, announced that he had hired the former mayor as an advisor. “Ernesto Muyshondt has agreed to join as an advisor to the General Secretariat of the OEA,” Twitted Almagro.

The Almagro announcement caused condemnation in El Salvador. There is no secret the former mayor is facing charges for giving gangs money in exchange for votes in the 2014 Salvadoran elections.

Ernesto Muyshondt has, in TV interviews, accepted that he gave money to gangs. Furthermore, there is a video and audio of the former mayor giving money to gang members.

After the arrest of Muyshondt and the announcement by Almagro, President Nayib Bukele and the El Salvador attorney general announced that they were cutting all ties to Almagro.

“The Salvadorans with principles felt a slap when they saw yesterday that Luis Almagro was hiring Ernesto Muyshondt; someone who negotiated with the lives of families, of the people,” declared President Bukele.

Ernesto Muyshondt, a prominent, influential person in the right-wing political party ARENA, ended his three-year tenure as mayor of the nation’s capital at the end of May.

Currently, the former mayor faces charges of negotiating with gangs for votes and the new accusation for which he was arrested on Friday.

It is expected that Monday, the former mayor will be taken to an arraignment where the charges against him will be made public by the prosecution.

As of today, Sunday, June 6, neither the political party ARENA nor Luis Almagro have commented on Muyshondt’s arrest.

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