344 people, including mayors, municipal secretaries, judicial officials, members of the public force, and individuals, have been prosecuted for engaging in conduct that puts public resources at risk.

The Attorney General, Francisco Barbosa Delgado, visited Bucaramanga (Santander) to verify the results obtained in one of the main axes defined in the Strategic Direction 2020 – 2024: the fight against corruption.

In a meeting with the Delegate Director for Territorial Security, Luisa Fernando Obando Guerrero; and the sectional directors of Santander, Norte de Santander and Arauca, Oliden Riaño Acelas, Jesús Antonio Ardila León and John Fredy Encinales Lota, reviewed in detail the achievements obtained in these three departments against those allegedly responsible for appropriating or putting public resources at risk.

Since February 2020, the Attorney General´s Office has linked 344 people to crimes associated with corruption in Santander, Norte de Santander and Arauca.

“Within the framework of our strategic direction, we have linked 268 people, including 53 mayors and former mayors in Santander”, stated the Attorney General Barbosa Delgado.

Likewise, he pointed out that in the department, 115 public servants from different entities, 27 private individuals, 20 secretaries of Mayor Offices and Government Offices, 11 directors, 9 treasurers and advisers, 8 managers, 6 members of the public force, 2 councilors, 1 judge and 1 prosecutor. Currently, 240 defendants are in the trial stage.

Regarding Norte de Santander, the Attorney General stated that 48 people have been prosecuted, 33 of them are private individuals and the remaining people are officials from different sectors.

Finally, in just over 30 months, 28 people have been judicially linked in Arauca for conduct related to corruption. 14 of the defendants are public servants and 14 more are private individuals.

“We as the Office of the Attorney General think that corruption must be pursued, not because it is from the right or from the left. It is about corruption, and in that sense, we continue persecuting it and obtain results in the territories and on the streets”, concluded the Attorney General.

When we speak, results follow.

The information contained in this press release corresponds to the narration of the objective news provided by the officials in charge of carrying out criminal investigations within the Office of the Attorney General. By the time this communication is disclosed, the legal status of the people mentioned is still pending to be resolved by the competent judicial authority, always under the presumption of innocence contemplated by Article 29 of the Political Constitution and Article 7 of Law 906 of 2004.