September 21, 2020

Jar with cyanide found in the house of a witness Odebrecht in Colombia had its DNA

Jar with cyanide found in the house of a witness Odebrecht in Colombia had its DNA



The jar with cyanide found in the house of Jorge Enrique Pizano, key witness in the Odebrecht bribery scandal in Colombia, had its DNA in both the bags that wrapped it and in the container of the poison that caused the death by poisoning his son , Legal Medicine today reported.

Pizano died on November 8 and three days later his son Alejandro Pizano Ponce de León, who had traveled from Spain to Colombia to attend the burial of his father, died poisoned.

"The conclusion reached by the Institute of Legal Medicine is that the DNA samples recovered from both the external bag and the inner bag and the container, in its lid and in the body of the cyanide container, belong to Mr. Jorge Pizano, with a high scientific security ", said in a press conference the director of that entity, Carlos Valdés.

In this sense, Valdés said that this data shows that Pizano "touched the external bag, the internal bag and the container in body and cap."

Jorge Enrique Pizano, who suffered from cancer and died on November 8 of a heart attack, was considered a key witness in the Odebrecht case, since he was the controller of the Ruta del Sol II highway, whose majority partner was the Brazilian company.

His son Alejandro, 31, died on November 11 after drinking from a bottle of flavored water he found on his father's desk that was contaminated with cyanide.

For that reason, Legal Medicine ordered an analysis to the tissues extracted to the body of Pizano father who discarded that he was poisoned.

The jar with a kilo of cyanide was found last weekend by investigators of the Prosecutor's Office under the sink of an auxiliary bathroom of the Pizano Ponce de León country house, located in the town of Subachoque, near Bogotá, and the one that had moved the family months ago.

Valdés clarified that all the DNA they have recovered "corresponds to the same person" that "can be identified as belonging to Jorge Pizano."

The director of Legal Medicine also explained that "cyanide causes damage when it is converted to hydrocyanic acid", a chemical compound in which it is transformed when dissolved in water.

For its part, the delegate for the Public Safety of the Prosecutor, Luis González, explained that "the important thing at this time" is that "it was found in the cyanide container (…) has given that there were genetic traces" and which correspond to those of Jorge Enrique Pizano.

Last August, Pizano gave an interview to Channel One that was issued after his death and in it revealed that the Attorney General of Colombia, Néstor Humberto Martínez, knew from 2015, before taking office, the irregularities in the tender for construction of Ruta del Sol II.

The accusations have been growing against Attorney Martinez since the case was made public, since in 2015 he was a lawyer for the banking conglomerate Grupo Aval, which in turn is a majority shareholder of Corporación Financiera Colombiana S.A. (Corficolombiana), partner of Odebrecht on that road.

Pizano was in 2015 responsible for the financial control of Ruta del Sol II, which links the center with the north of the country, by Corficolombiana, involved in the work through Episol S.A.S.

The Aval and Corficolombiana Group make up the industrial conglomerate Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo, one of the richest people in Colombia.

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