Muyshondt, an opposition politician who governed the El Salvadorian capital from 2018-2021, is facing a judicial process over suspicions of affiliating with gangs for electoral fraud in the 2014 presidential election.
"Today we detained the former mayor, [supporter of the Nationalist Republican Alliance] ARENA Ernesto Muyshondt for a new crime after a warrant issued by the Prosecutor General's Office improper appropriations of withholdings to the detriment of the Public Treasury", the police tweeted, also recalling the electoral fraud case in which he is accused of having negotiated with gangs in exchange for their votes.
Y te enorgullece tu asesor que pacto con mar@$ y terrorist@$ !!???? @Almagro_OEA2015 @OEA_oficial@CNNEE @CNNEPrensa— Doncan Maclau (@doncanmaclau01) June 5, 2021
Muyshondt aparte de financiar pandillas, suma delito de apropiación de cuotas laborales y ahora sí es enviado a prisión. pic.twitter.com/TO4C5pgZAK
Following Muyshondt's appointment to the OAS, the government of El Salvador on Friday withdrew from an anti-corruption deal with the organisation that entails legal reforms to prevent corruption via the international Commission Against Impunity in El Salvador, backed by the OAS.
🚨La Policía salvadoreña detienen a Ernesto #Muyshondt , excalcalde de 🇸🇻 San Salvador y principal asesor de Luis Almagro Lemes de la Organización de Estados Americanos #OEA ,por vínculos con la delincuencia organizada. pic.twitter.com/F25cDDDkev— MX (@MXrep_) June 5, 2021
Current San Salvador Mayor Mario Duran maintains Muyshondt committed crimes linked to embezzlement, ideological falsehood, and arbitrariness during his term in office. In particular, according to Duran, his predecessor left more than $46 million in debts to the city administration.
For his part, Muyshondt says the lawsuits against him are politically motivated.