Mexico grants refuge to former El Salvador official accused of corruption

A defense lawyer told journalists: "Mr. Gerson Martínez has received refugee status for (political) persecution" and indicated that "in that sense, the Mexican government has taken kindly to examine the data of this case".

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Mexico granted refugee status to former Salvadoran Minister of Public Works Gerson Martínez, accused of corruption for allegedly receiving irregular payments in the government of Mauricio Funes (2009-2014), his lawyer confirmed Monday.

Martínez, along with nine other former officials, including former President Salvador Sánchez Cerén (2014-2019), is facing criminal proceedings for illicit enrichment and money laundering crimes.

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Pedro Cruz, the defense lawyer of the former official, explained Monday . . .

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