Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Millions found in Funes' offshore account

Investigators have found that FMLN presidential candidate Mauricio Funes has an offshore bank account containing at least $2.2 million - money that might have come from illegal sources.

Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez and others have almost openly funded Funes and his FMLN political party to take control of El Salvador in the March 15 elections.

"The attorney general of El Salvador will investigate a bank account of leftist FMLN presidential candidate Mauricio Funes, in which he has received deposits of more than $2.2 million in recent months," the Spanish news agency ACAN-EFE reports, citing the Salvadoran newspaper La Prensa Gráfica.

The attorney general said he would not call Funes to make a formal declaration, but that he will ask for copies of documentation of the transactions in the account.

Funes has pledged to go "fishing" for corruption to clean up the country (see graphic).

"The newspaper published a review of the movements of Funes' account and affirms that for the year it had registered a balance of $2.29 million, and charges of $2.14 million," according to the report.

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