El Salvador Ex-Security Adviser Who Accused Ruling Party of Corruption Dies in Custody

"Alejandro Muyshondt, a former national security adviser to El Salvador's government, who had accused a congressman from the ruling New Ideas party of corruption and drug trafficking, died in state custody in unclear circumstances, his family told reporters."

El Salvador Ex-Security Adviser Who Accused Ruling Party of Corruption Dies in Custody
  • "Muyshondt's family said the prosecutor's office told them he died in a state hospital on Wednesday, where he was sent after suffering a stroke. A preliminary report found he died of pulmonary edema, a build-up of fluid in the lungs, according to documents published by local media."
"Alejandro Muyshondt was arrested last August for alleged crimes that President Nayib Bukele listed on X, including leaking documents to journalists and former leftist President Mauricio Funes, who is now based in Nicaragua."
  • "In a post on X shortly after Muyshondt's 2023 arrest, Bukele said there was evidence he helped Funes evade capture. Prosecutors accused Funes of tax evasion and illicit association and failure to perform duties over the gang truce negotiated in 2012. Funes denies negotiating with the gangs."
"Muyshondt was the cousin of Ernesto Muyshondt, a former mayor of San Salvador, the capital, who is now in a psychiatric hospital and himself facing legal proceedings over alleged electoral fraud, breach of duty and gang connections."
  • "Bukele said Muyshondt had leaked evidence against New Ideas Congressman Erick Garcia to avoid a looming investigation. Garcia was fired from Congress last August and is facing a trial at a yet unknown date for allegedly altering official documents."
  • "Muyshondt's death comes days after the landslide reelection of Bukele, who won fierce popularity for a crackdown on gangs that shelved civil liberties and saw over 76,000 Salvadorans arrested en mass without due process."
"Of 218 reported deaths in the two years since the gang crackdown began, 36 have been attributed to pulmonary edema, rights group Cristosal told Reuters."
  • Alejandro Muyshondt also was an avid Bitcoiner and Nostr user. One of his last notes was posted on August 3, 2023.
  • He also was a guest on Simply Bitcoin IRL show. You can watch the episode here.