Salvadoran expresident tries to flee amid graft probe

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica and Bahamas send El Salvador financial reports on fugitive ex-President Flores El Salvador’s Funes urges Panama to give up fugitive ex-President Flores El Salvador ex-President Francisco Flores to stand trial for embezzlement El Salvador ex-President Francisco Flores in a coma after stroke SAN SALVADOR – El Salvador’s ex-President Francisco Flores, who is under investigation over alleged misuse of $10 million donated by Taiwan, tried to flee the country Tuesday, President Mauricio Funes said.But Flores denied the accusation and appeared before a congressional committee to say so. He denied any wrongdoing.A border agent noticed strange behavior in a bus in which Flores was seeking to leave the country for Guatemala, Funes said earlier.“At 11:00 am, ex-president Flores tried to leave the country on a bus (at the) La Hachadura crossing and he had gone through immigration … seeking to flee from justice,” he told a press conference.“We made him come back because he had not reported his departure, in other words he was hiding there; only the driver had reported he was there,” the president said, adding Flores was supposed to appear Tuesday before lawmakers investigating the donation case.Funes recently alleged that three checks – for $1 million, $4 million and $5 million – were issued by the Bank of New York, on behalf of Taiwan, and endorsed by Flores.The checks were received by a branch of Banco Cuscatlán in Costa Rica and sent to a bank in the Bahamas, through another bank in Miami, Funes said.Taiwan donated the money to El Salvador in the waning months of Flores’s presidency, between 2003 and 2004, said the president.“If his conscience is clean, if he didn’t do anything with that $10 million, then why is (Flores) sneaking out of the country at the Hachadura border crossing?” Funes asked.Flores said he had personal business in Guatemala but turned back at the border.“I did not leave the country. I did not hide. I decided at the border not to attend the meeting I had in Guatemala and I came back. That’s why I am here before you,” he told an investigative commission in Congress.He insisted he made no personal use of the money.Flores maintains that he accepted the money but did nothing inappropriate, passing it on through the proper channels.Flores has told investigators he did not receive the funds from Taiwan for a government cooperation account. He said he received them on a personal basis from the president of Taiwan.These contributions were “normal,” said Flores, and that Taiwan for years had been giving them to countries that recognized the island diplomatically.Just 22 countries, most in Central America and the Caribbean, recognize Taiwan diplomatically. China regards Taiwan as a rebel island awaiting reunification with the mainland. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

With more than 600 hoteliers and industry leaders

first_imgWith more than 600 hoteliers and industry leaders in attendance, designer hotel QT Melbourne celebrated a win with the Rooftop at QT crowned the ‘Best Hotel Bar’ at the 2017 HM Awards on Friday 1 September.Held at Sydney Town Hall and hosted by television personality Larry Emdur, the HM Awards continue to recognise the accommodation industry’s finest staff, properties, brands and chains across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.With QT Hotels & Resorts up for an impressive 18 awards across the portfolio, including the flagship of QT Sydney and QT Melbourne, QT Port Douglas, QT Falls Creek, QT Canberra and QT Museum Wellington, former Managing Director David Seargeant was also awarded for his service to the industry.Having only opened in September last year, this achievement marks one of many for the rooftop who has been included in numerous best rooftop bar round-ups, and was awarded ‘Best Bar’ at the Australian Gourmet Traveller Hotel Guide Awards earlier in the year.Showcasing views of the Melbourne city skyline, The Rooftop at QT is the place for guests and locals alike to quench their thirst while taking in the heart and soul of Melbourne from above. Hosting up to 185 patrons, the split indoor/outdoor space evokes sophistication through designer decor and cutting-edge sound.last_img read more