Salvadoran ex-president facing embezzlement charges turns himself in to court

A former Salvadoran president has turned himself into authorities to face charges of embezzlement and illicit enrichment related to a donation by the government of Taiwan.

Francisco Flores is accused of embezzling more than $5 million of a $10 million Taiwanese donation for public projects when he was president from 1999-2004. He is also accused of disobedience for failing to show up for a meeting with a congressional commission investigating what happened to the money.

Flores turned himself in early Friday at a judicial center in the capital.

He initially fled the country, causing Interpol to issue a red alert for help in securing his return.

Flores has said he received the money personally from Taiwan and handed it over to the intended state projects, but has offered no proof.