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    El Salvador's Attorney General Douglas Meléndez | Photo: EFE

Published 17 September 2016

The new agency, however, will not involve an international participation.

El Salvador's attorney general said on Saturday it has created a special unit against impunity that will investigate "notorious" and “sensitive” cases involving high-level politicians, officers and public servants. 

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The announcement has prompted comparison with the U.S.-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), which brought to courts to former-jailed Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina.

However, the new agency, called Especial Panel Against Impunity or GECI, will not involve an international participation. Nor will it be like the Support Mission Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras.

"We intend it to be a multifunctional unit, in which prosecutors will cover all areas and will be fully engaged to work in certain cases," Attorney General Douglas Melendez said in a press conference in the capital of San Salvador. 

He added that one of the reasons that led him to create this body is the "saturation" of work at the Attorney General's office and the complexity of some cases.

Meléndez did not provide much detail on the new unit, but he did say that it will focus in corruption investigations involving current or former government officials, as well as illegal enrichment and money laundering.


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