The magistrates of the chamber declared Norman Quijano a rebel, who was disbarred by the Legislative Assembly on December 15, 2021. The Prosecutor’s Office accuses him of negotiating with the gangs and of having offered him $100 million if he won the Presidency.
The First Criminal Chamber of San Salvador sent to the National Civil Police (PNC) the arrest warrant issued on January 18 against Norman Quijano, prosecuted for the crimes of electoral fraud and illicit groups.
The impeached deputy of the Central American Parliament and former candidate for the presidency of the ARENA party in 2014, left the country on April 30, 2021, according to a report that the General Directorate of Migration and Immigration sent to the Attorney General’s Office of the Republic and which was annexed to the judicial file in the chamber on January 12.
Norman Quijano has become a fugitive from Salvadoran justice and can be captured in the country or abroad only if a red alert is issued so that any security body can arrest him.
Salvadoran authorities have the option of processing a red notice with the National Central Office (OCN) so that the General Secretariat of Interpol, based in Lyon, France, decides whether it is feasible to issue that alert with a view to locating and extraditing him.
The OCN is the local office of Interpol. All the member countries of this organization have one of these headquarters since it is the link between the national authorities and the International Police.
Quijano is accused by the Public Ministry of having sat down to negotiate with the heads of the Mara Salvatrucha and the factions of the 18th gang, prison benefits and the delivery of $100,000 that was distributed among the three groups. The MS received $50,000 and the two sides of the 18 received $25,000 each.
That pact with the gangs took place in the framework of the second round of the 2014 presidential elections, elections that Quijano lost to his main contender; also a fugitive, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, prosecuted for corruption crimes that he committed in the government of Mauricio Funes. Both former presidents, asylum seekers in Nicaragua, came to power under the banner of the FMLN.
In a meeting he held with the gang leaders at the beginning of March 2014, at the headquarters of the church of the network of evangelical pastors, in the Flor Blanca neighborhood, he asked the gangs to give him their vote, From the outset, he gave them the $100,000 that he sent them through Paolo Lüers and told them that if he won the presidency, he was going to invest $100 million in them from the general budget of the nation, and that even that money was already available because the outgoing government of Mauricio Funes had not occupied that amount.