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Case moves ahead against former Salvadoran attorney general

October 17, 2016 - 6:34 PM

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - A court in El Salvador says a case against a former attorney general can move forward, but the ex-top prosecutor can remain free while it does.

The decision Monday supersedes a judge's ruling in September that said there was not sufficient evidence against Luis Martinez Rosales. The court also instituted a gag order to keep prosecutors and defence from discussing the case.

Martinez is accused of divulging intercepted phone conversations while prosecuting a Roman Catholic priest from Spain in 2014. Rev. Antonio Rodriguez, better known as "Father Tony," was convicted of smuggling illicit items into prisons and having a relationship with the country's gangs.

Rodriguez was sentenced to 30 months in prison, but was immediately released under a deal that prohibited him from visiting prisons or communicating with gangs.

News from © The Associated Press, 2016
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