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Eleven former ANI officials have been charged in the Odebrecht corruption plot

Eleven former officials of the National Infrastructure Agency (ANI) have been indicted by prosecutors for alleged illegal maneuvers in favor of the concessionaire Ruta del Sol II, made up largely of the Brazilian company Odebrecht.

According to the investigating body, the former officials were involved in the other 8 and 10 added to the concession agreement 01 of 2010, signed to allow the construction of Section II of the Ruta del Sol.

On the one hand, the other 8 achieved a transfer of more than 10 billion pesos for the construction of an access road to Puerto Boyacá (Boyacá), which was not provided for in the original contract.

The other 10, in turn, prevented the construction of the second carriageway of Ruta del Sol I, which ran between Puerto Salgar and Caño Alegre. This is not how structures such as pedestrian crossings, train platforms and others were built.

“The failure to carry out these works and the ancillary works such as pedestrian crossings, platforms and parking lots, etc. forced the concessionaire to deduct P65,395 million.” However, only P19,976 million was deducted. This caused millions of dollars in impacts to the state treasury,” the prosecutor’s office reported.

The list of eleven defendants is headed by Édgar Chacón Hartmann, who was property manager of the ANI’s Vice Presidency for Planning, Risks and Environment and was named last week by the same law enforcement agency for his involvement in the handling of two other cases.

He is followed by expert Juan Carlos Hernández Cerón; the manager Luis Fernando Castaño Suárez; the former project leader, Sister Priscila Sánchez Sanabria; financial advisor Beatriz Eugenia Lopera González; and Jenifer Bustamante Moreno, former risk consultant.

Also Poldy Paola Osorio Álvarez, former project manager; Camilo Andrés Jaramillo Berrocal, Vice President of Structuring; Fernando Ireguí Mejía, Legal Vice President; María Carolina Ardila Garzón, former project risk manager; and Diana Ximena Corredor Reyes, former finance project manager.

As a criminal offense, they are accused of having an unjustified interest in the fulfillment of the contract, which, however, none of the defendants accepted. Prosecutors now have ninety days to formally charge them or exclude their investigation.

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