Legal advisor to the Salvadoran presidency says Jean Manes’ petitions violate the Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS)

Javier Argueta, the legal adviser to the presidency of El Salvador, stated that the requests made by the former United States chargé d’affaires, Jean Manes to President Nayib Bukele in relation to the release of Ernesto Muyshondt and the non-prosecution of Alfredo Cristiani and those who received unlawful extra salaries, is a violation of the charter of the Organization of American States (OAS).

The adviser explained that article 20 of the letter prohibits a state from “meddling” in the internal politics of another state.

“No State may use or encourage the use of coercive measures of an economic or political character in order to force the sovereign will of another State and obtain from it advantages of any kind”.

“This must comply because El Salvador, like the other nations, has sovereignty”, said the advisor in the interview on channel 10 of national television in EL Salvador.

He also questioned that Manes has advocated for Muyshondt, the former mayor of San Salvador, who during Norman Quijano’s presidential campaign gave money to the gangs. “When [Jean Manes] solicited the release of people whom he has financed gangs, it is even more serious,” he added.