The director of El Salvador’s National Civil Police, Mauricio Arriaza Chicas, was summoned to testify on September 9 by the ad hoc commission investigating the February 9 events when the military took over the Salvadoran Parliament.
The decision was made after several members of the Commission checked at least 18 videos made available by the video surveillance system of the Congress interfering with the military and the police in the legislative assembly, according to the newspaper “La Prensa Grafica”.
“It is important to quote him so that he can expand on some of the concepts he expressed on this occasion with the aim of giving the Salvadoran people clarity on the purpose of this operation,” said ARENA MP René Portillo Cuadra, who told the police “participated, coordinated and directed the operation.”
The FMLN’s Deputy Shafick Hándal has recommended that the Commission summon other high-ranking government officials, also featured in the videos, and make statements. In his opinion, the militarization of parliament was “an operation with a well-defined objective and not called overnight”.