September 21, 2020

Supreme Court of Colombia must define whether it appoints ad hoc prosecutor in the Odebrecht case

Supreme Court of Colombia must define whether it appoints ad hoc prosecutor in the Odebrecht case



Colombian Deputy Attorney General María Paulina Riveros today asked the Supreme Court of Justice to study "the viability" of appointing an ad hoc prosecutor to assume the investigation due to the corruption scandal of the Brazilian multinational Odebrecht.

Riveros made the petition to the Supreme Court after a vetting network filed a challenge against him to get out of the investigation and appoint an ad hoc prosecutor.

"Following a challenge filed by a veeduría I have asked the Supreme Court of Justice to rule on this issue to know its position on the feasibility of this," Riveros told reporters.

According to the Citizen Watch Network, Riveros must leave the case for having expressed his opinion about the investigation and for his closeness to the Attorney General of Colombia, Néstor Humberto Martínez.

Riveros's request is known at a time when Martinez is in the eye of the storm because he supposedly knew about Odebrecht's corruption in the country.

This week, the news program Noticias Uno issued an interview recorded last August with Jorge Enrique Pizano, controller of the work Ruta del Sol II, and considered a key witness, who died of a heart attack on November 8.

Three days later his son Alejandro Pizano Ponce de León, who had returned from Spain to Colombia to attend the burial of his father, died poisoned by cyanide.

In the interview, Pizano denounced that today Attorney Martinez knew since 2015, when he was a lawyer of the Aval Group, of which Corficolombiana is part, alleged irregularities in the tender for the construction of Ruta del Sol II.

The Colombian Finance Corporation (Corficolombiana) was involved in the work in charge of Odebrecht through Episol, another company of the Aval Group.

On the accusations Martínez assures that there is a conspiracy to discredit him and the Prosecutor's Office and denies that he had known of any crime when he was a lawyer of the Aval Group.

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