Former El Salvador official convicted in corruption case

A civil court in El Salvador has found the private secretary of former President Tony Saca guilty of illegal enrichment and ordered him to return $17.8 million to the government.

The case against Elmer Charlaix developed after a government investigation found that his time in government corresponded with an inexplicable rise in his financial resources. Saca served as president from 2004 to 2009.

Thursday's decision also banned Charlaix from holding any public position for 10 years. The court ordered his wife to return more than $170,000.

Charlaix, Saca and other former officials are also being prosecuted separately for diverting some $246 million in public funds.

In November, former President Mauricio Funes was convicted of the same charge. Funes held office from 2009 to 2014 and is in exile in Nicaragua.