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Salvadoran authorities suspect ex-president fled

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Photo - FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2005 file photo, former President of El Salvador Francisco Flores announces his candidacy for Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) at the presidential house in San Salvador, El Salvador. El Salvador's top prosecutors are seeking on Wednesday, April 30, 2014  the arrest of Flores, who is accused of embezzlement, illegal enrichment and disobedience.  (AP Photo/Luis Romero, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2005 file photo, former President of El Salvador Francisco Flores announces his candidacy for Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) at the presidential house in San Salvador, El Salvador. El Salvador's top prosecutors are seeking on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 the arrest of Flores, who is accused of embezzlement, illegal enrichment and disobedience. (AP Photo/Luis Romero, File)
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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's government suspects former President Francisco Flores has left the Central American country, where he faces charges of embezzlement, illegal enrichment and disobedience.

Public Safety Minister Ricardo Perdomo said Tuesday that Flores is thought to have gone by boat or plane and illegally entered Panama.

A judge has not issued an arrest warrant for Flores, who was charged last week with embezzling $5.3 million while he was president from 1999 to 2004. He is also charged with mismanaging $10 million that was donated a decade ago by Taiwan's government during his presidency.

Flores has denied wrongdoing. He says he turned the money over to the intended state projects but has offered no proof of the handover.

Perdomo wouldn't say what proof authorities have that Flores left El Salvador.

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