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El Salvador court considers case against ex-President Funes' finances

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25:  El Salvadorian President Carlos Mauricio Funes Cartagena speaks at the 68th United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2013 in New York City. Over 120 prime ministers, presidents and monarchs are gathering this week for the annual meeting at the temporary General Assembly Hall at the U.N. headquarters while the General Assembly Building is closed for renovations.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: El Salvadorian President Carlos Mauricio Funes Cartagena speaks at the 68th United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2013 in New York City. Over 120 prime ministers, presidents and monarchs are gathering this week for the annual meeting at the temporary General Assembly Hall at the U.N. headquarters while the General Assembly Building is closed for renovations. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)  (2013 Getty Images)

A court in El Salvador has agreed to consider a civil case against former President Mauricio Funes, his wife and one of his sons for possible illicit enrichment.

The San Salvador court press office said Saturday that several government institutions have been ordered to hand over information related to the family's finances, properties and businesses.

Under scrutiny is some $728,000 in unexplained income and expenditures. Funes has 20 days to respond to present evidence in his defense.

The former president has criticized the allegations in the past. He said some of the Supreme Court justices who voted to order the lower court to open the case in February had previously attacked his government while sitting on the Constitutional Court.

The civil prosecution does not include criminal charges.

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