Bukele calls the Supreme Court justices corrupt

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The President of El Salvador, Here’s to watching, called the judges of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) corrupt after hearing three rulings on Monday that, in his opinion, are “against the Government.”

“It is a pity for our country that we have the corrupt and sold magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber, “the president posted on his Twitter account.

Bukele thus reacted to three resolutions issued by constitutional judges related to a complaint for an alleged tax evasion against a company, the delay in the payment of salaries of the employees of the Legislative Assembly and the proceedings to access military files as part of the criminal process for the El Mozote massacre (1981) .

“Remember, when they tell you that they ‘protect the Constitution’, the ‘Rule of law’, ‘institutionality’ and the ‘separation of powers’, in reality they refer to: maintaining their privileges, their power and leaving our country looted , while the money no longer fits in their pockets, “added Bukele.

The Constitutional Chamber accepted a request for protection from the company Intratext, accused by the Government of evading 5.3 million dollars, and ordered as a precautionary measure the temporary suspension of the criminal process until a ruling is issued.

The judges also ordered the Ministry of Finance to take the necessary actions to avoid a new delay in the payment of the salaries of legislative employees and demanded the presentation of reports that justify the same.

The Legislative Assembly Workers’ Union announced last Tuesday that it will denounce the Bukele government before international organizations for the delay in the payment of their salaries, which have already been canceled, while the Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation.

On the other hand, The Constitutional Chamber supported the judge in the case for the El Mozote massacre, perpetrated by the Army in 1981, when it rejected an injunction from the Minister of Defense, René Merino Monroy, who sought to stop the inspection of military archives.

The decision of the Chamber is known on the same day that the Army of El Salvador blocked a judicial proceeding for the second time for the search of the military archives related to the massacre of 1,000 peasants, on the grounds that secret documents are found on the site.

With his appeal, instead of managing to block the judicial proceeding through a legal means, the Minister of Defense obtained that the judges of the Chamber, who cannot act ex officio, create constitutional jurisprudence that supports the inspection of archives of the Salvadoran civil war (1980-1992).

About twenty judges and magistrates from various levels of El Salvador denounced on September 22 before a United Nations rapporteur the “serious violations of judicial independence” attributed to government officials and “especially” to President Bukele.



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