September 19, 2019 / 11:43 PM / a month ago

Former El Salvador President Saca gets two-year prison term for bribery

FILE PHOTO: El Salvador's former President Elias Antonio Saca talks with his lawyers before his hearing on corruption charges in San Salvador, El Salvador, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas/File Photo

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A court handed down a two-year prison sentence for bribery to former Salvadoran President Elias Antonio Saca, the attorney general’s office said on Thursday.

Saca, 54, who is already serving a 10-year prison sentence for misuse of public funds and money laundering, was found guilty of having offered $10,000 to a court employee to obtain information about a case against him, the attorney general’s office said.

He pleaded guilty in both cases as he sought to reduce his prison term. A judge has yet to decide whether the two years will be added to his existing sentence.

Saca, a former businessman who governed the Central American country from 2004 to 2009, was detained in October 2016 during his son’s wedding.

Reporting by Nelson Renteria; Writing by Stefanie Eschenbacher; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Peter Cooney

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