The honorary consul serving as Romania’s diplomatic representative in El Salvador has died in a suspected homicide at his home in San Salvador, authorities in the crime-ridden Central American nation said on Sunday, according to Reuters.
The body of honorary consul Ricardo Emanuel Salume Barake was found bound and gagged at his house in a wealthy part of the Salvadoran capital and investigations were continuing, a police spokeswoman said.
The attorney general’s office said on Twitter the death was being treated as a homicide, but did not give further details.
El Salvador’s foreign ministry said Salume, a Salvadoran citizen, was Romania’s only diplomatic representative in the country.
The Romanian embassy in Mexico confirmed this.
A surge in criminal violence in El Salvador in the past two years has lifted its homicide rate above neighboring Honduras, which had been the world’s most murderous country.
Foreign Ministry voices regret over death of consul of El Salvador and sends condolences to family
The Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) voices its profound regret over the death of Romania’s honorary consul to the Republic of El Salvador Emanuel Ricardo Salume Barake, and sends sincere condolences to his family.
“The details referring to the circumstances of the death of the honorary consul are going to be clarified in the judicial investigations conducted by the local authorities, with which we are keeping in touch. The MAE voices the hope that those responsible for committing this act will be identified at the shortest and held accountable before justice. The Foreign Affairs Ministry reiterates the condemnation of all acts of this kind and strongly rejects violence, regardless of reason and manifestation form,” reads a Monday release sent to Agerpres.
The MAE brings to mind that Salume Barake was appointed Romania’s honorary consul to El Salvador in 1994. According to the cited source, his activity, as Romania’s honorary consul, materialised mostly in granting support to Romanian citizens in relation with the Salvadoran authorities.
The Romanian Foreign Ministry mentions that the proposal to appoint Barake in office was made in 1992 by Romania’s Embassy to Costa Rica, an embassy which at that date provided Romania’s diplomatic representation to El Salvador, too.
“Mr Salume Barake was known in the economic and financial circles of El Salvador as an upright and honest figure. His candidacy was promoted after previous consultations with the Foreign Affairs Ministry of El Salvador,” the release adds.
According to the Romanian authorities, the honorary consuls aren’t Romanian state employees and aren’t paid for their activity, as they are elected from among the Romanian or foreign citizens with the residence in the accrediting state.
“Mr Salume Barake was not a Romanian citizen, but an El Salvador state citizen. Romania established diplomatic relations with the Republic of El Salvador in 1979. At present, Romania’s diplomatic relations with the Republic of El Salvador are managed by Romania’s Embassy in Ciudad de Mexico,” the cited release also reads.