By: Joseph Yeh
Taipei, Sept. 17 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Monday said the donations it made to former ally El Salvador were paid in accordance with related laws, amid questions raised by El Salvadorian prosecutors who allege that part of the money was used by the former ruling party for political campaign purposes.
Prosecutor Douglas Melendez said Thursday that he is investigating the alleged diversion of US$10 million in funds donated by Taiwan and purportedly used to pay for political campaigning.
Melendez said in a television interview that the money came from US$38 million Taipei gave to the Foreign Ministry for various projects.
He alleged the funds were diverted to the presidency and “apparently used in a partisan campaign” under then-President Mauricio Funes in an election won by current President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, an Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) party ally of Funes, according to foreign media reports. [FULL STORY]