Santos to be interrogated over election fraud in Colombia’s 2014 election


Santos to be interrogated over election fraud in Colombia’s 2014 election
  1. Santos to be interrogated over election fraud in Colombia’s 2014 election
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    Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos has been called for questioning by the country’s electoral authority CNE over illegal funding of his 2014 election campaign by Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht, local media reported Thursday. The… Read more Santos to be interrogated over election fraud in Colombia’s 2014 ele…
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Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos has been called for questioning by the country’s electoral authority CNE over illegal funding of his 2014 election campaign by Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht, local media reported Thursday.

The CNE summoned Santos to be questioned regarding $1 million that his 2014 campaign allegedly received from Odebrecht.

According to newspaper El Tiempo, his is the first time that a president has been summoned to give evidence in an electoral fraud investigation in Colombia.

Former Presidents Ernesto Samper (1994-1998) and Alvaro Uribe (2002-2002) were able to evade interrogations over alleged illegal funding by respectively the Cali Cartel in 1994 and the AUC paramilitary group in 2002.

The investigation was announced after Santos’ former campaign manager Roberto Prieto openly admitted to receiving money from Odebrecht and investing it in promotion material, but in the 2010 campaign.

Prieto has yet to admit to illegal funding during the 2014 campaign.

Santos’ presidential campaign allegedly took Odebrecht cash: official

Judge Angela Hernandez, who is in charge of the investigation, has requested Santos’ presence for the hearing on May 8, CNE President Alexander Vega told newspaper El Espectador.

According to the country’s top electoral official, campaign managers and party representatives have also been summoned.

This means that the legal representatives of the U Party, the Liberal Party and the Radical Change Party, all of whom endorsed the Santos campaign in 2014, have been summoned for questioning.

The investigation came at the request of the president himself, who denies having ordered the use of or known about the illegal financing admitted by his former campaign manager.

From 2001 to 2016, Odebrecht paid hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes in association with projects in 12 countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela, according to the US Department of Justice.

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