The evidence demonstrates irregular payments in advance and other irregularities in the process of contracting and construction of the main road La Troncal de La Paz, during the governor’s first term between 2004 and 2007.

A prosecutor delegated before the Supreme Court solved the legal status of the governor of Antioquia, Aníbal Gaviria Correa, who is linked to an investigation on irregularities in contracting and imposed him a detention measure.

The decision was informed today to the President of the Republic in order for the president to comply with the legal mandate of suspending the governor from his post. In this sense, the Head of State must take the necessary measures to guarantee the administrative functioning of the Department of Antioquia.

The evidence collected in the process, within the framework of Law 600 of 2000 (former penal system), proves that Aníbal Gaviria Correa, when he acted as governor of Antioquia between 2004 and 2007, executed contracts without compliance with legal requirements and committed misappropriation in favor of third parties.

The prosecutor in charge of the case found that in the contract for the improvement and paving of the main road Troncal de la Paz (La Cruzada – Caucasia section), signed in 2005 for $41,663’432,778, an advance payment of 25% was initially agreed and then it was increased to 29%, which meant almost 1,5 billion more for the contractor. This amendment ignored essential legal requirements, such as the planning and transparency principles.