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Lawyer: El Salvador Ex-prez Saca to Plead Guilty to Graft

Lawyer: El Salvador Ex-prez Saca to Plead Guilty to Graft

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 04:38 PM

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Lawyers for former El Salvador President Tony Saca say he will plead guilty to corruption charges in return for a lighter sentence.

Attorney Lisandro Quintanilla says Salvadoran law allows for a more lenient punishment in view of a guilty plea.

The 53-year-old Saca was arrested in October 2016 and accused of diverting $301 million in government funds. He had faced up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Under the deal, prosecutors will ask for Saca to get 10 years — five for embezzlement and five more for money laundering.

Prosecutors asked the court Tuesday for the shorter sentences and an abbreviated trial process skipping the evidentiary phase for the ex-president and three associates also charged in the case.

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