Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Editor's Pick

U.S. targets El Salvador officials in latest group of international sanctions

World40 minutes ago (Dec 08, 2021 09:46PM ET)

(C) Reuters. Security vice-minister Osiris Luna Meza takes part in a news conference at Izalco jail during a 24-hour lockdown ordered by El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele after a high number of homicides, during the quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavir


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on dozens of people and entities in Europe and the Western Hemisphere including an organized crime group based in northern Kosovo and El Salvador officials who Washington accuses of negotiating with the MS-13 gang.

The U.S. Treasury Department said Wednesday’s action, the latest in a series of sanctions announcements marking the week of President Joe Biden’s democracy summit, named 16 individuals and 24 entities linked to transnational crime.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said gangs that operate across borders were destabilizing and often colluded with government officials.

“We also know that organized crime backed by corrupt actors can destabilize rule of law, erode confidence in public institutions, and weaken democratic governance,” Blinken said in a statement.

The Treasury said it slapped sanctions on Osiris Luna Meza, the chief of the Salvadoran Penal System and vice minister of justice and public security, and Carlos Amilcar Marroquin Chica, chairman of the social fabric reconstruction unit.

It accused the officials of leading, facilitating and organizing a number of secret meetings with incarcerated gang leaders including of Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13) as part of El Salvador’s efforts to “negotiate a secret truce with gang leadership.”

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele on Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) denied his government was negotiating with the gangs, instead placing blame on the previous government and former mayor of San Salvador.

“It is clear that the interests of the United States government have NOTHING TO DO with democracy, in ANY COUNTRY,” Bukele added later. “It’s funny that there are people who think that is the case.”

Also blacklisted were Kosovan gang leader Zvonko Veselinovic and his brother, whom the Treasury accused of having agreements with politicians to help their party win elections and contribute money to the candidates.

In return, the politicians would grant the brothers the best infrastructure contracts, provide proprietary business information to support their investments and grant them control of certain areas for their businesses, the Treasury said.

U.S. targets El Salvador officials in latest group of international sanctions

Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

World News

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in the global population. Therefore, it is a problem that many people suffer or have suffered...

World News

George Soros and Bill Gates are part of a consortium acquiring a British developer of rapid-testing technology, including for Covid-19 and tropical diseases,...


If you parked your car in one of the thousands of parking spots across Calgary, there’s a good chance you paid the Calgary Parking...

World News

Every gambler has their own way. Some people like playing poker, whereas others enjoy the excitement of rotating the wheel. Some people prefer...

Disclaimer: it's managers and its employees (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised or above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. Copyright © 2021 Your Morning Voice. All Rights Reserved