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El Salvador arrests 10 in graft case involving ex-president

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Police in El Salvador say they've detained 10 people connected to advertising and media companies in a corruption case in which former President Tony Saca and others are implicated.

National police Commissioner Howard Cotto says those arrested Thursday are suspected of money laundering. They include Saca's brother-in-law and a prominent publicist.

Saca has declared his innocence in the case.

He and several close associates are being prosecuted for the alleged diversion of at least $246 million in government funds. Prosecutors say some $116 million of that amount was transferred to private accounts of presidential employees and later to other accounts and businesses, some of them belonging to Saca.

The 51-year-old Saca was president from 2004. He also faces a civil prosecution for alleged illicit enrichment.

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