Salvadoran president denies judge’s accusations of armed forces participating in threats

Salvadoran Judge Rodolfo González announced on 10 December 2016 that he and three other judges of the Constitutional Court would present evidence to the Attorney General connecting the governing party and armed forces to protests where judges were threatened (La Prensa Grafica). President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces (FFAA), denied that the FFAA had an agenda to attack the Court and accused the Court of trying to destabilize the FFAA (El Diario de Hoy). Defense Minister David Munguía Payes denied giving orders for FFAA members to participate in marches, as the judges suggested (El Diario de Hoy). González said he would present proof that state vehicles assigned to Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) party members were present at the protests. Furthermore, the judges referenced pamphlets and posters circulating calling for their death with photos of their faces (La Prensa Grafica). Attorney General Douglas Meléndez has ordered an investigation into the alleged death threats. Additionally, the government and FMLN accused the magistrates of blocking state financing and pushing the government into a liquidity crisis.