The White House reportedly plans to help El Salvador host US-bound asylum-seekers from neighboring countries. Experts blasted the Trump administration for sending migrants to one of the world's most dangerous countries.
The retrial was a first for such a case in the Central American nation, where prosecutors aggressively pursue legal cases against women who have miscarriages or other obstetric emergencies, accusing them of murder.
US officials said the review looked at roughly 700 projects funded with fiscal 2017 money by the United States in the three countries and concluded that a significant number were too far advanced to end them.
El Salvador and the Dominican Republic are among a growing number of countries that have cut ties with Taiwan in favour of establishing relations with China, which considers the self-governing island democracy to be part of its territory.
During the trial, prosecutors said Saca had appropriated public funds for himself and others, including taking more than $7 million for his former party, the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA).
The ruling came after the family of Archibald Gardner Dunn filed a lawsuit blaming the Liberation People's Forces, of which President Sanchez Ceren was a leader, for his kidnapping on November 28, 1979.