Press Release

Anti-Corruption Institute rejects the decision of former Member of Congressman
Álvaro Hernán Prada to resign from his seat

20 April 2021

The Anti-Corruption Institute rejects the decision of former congressman Álvaro Hernán
Prada to resign his seat as Representative to the Chamber. The sole purpose of his
resignation is that he is being investigated for witness tampering by the Attorney General
Office and will therefore, by leaving his position, will be able to evade the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Justice.

The Anti-corruption Institute celebrates the sentence issued by a circuit court yesterday against former Chief Justice Francisco Ricaurte for his involvement with the “robe cartel”

26 March 2021

The Anti-corruption Institute celebrates the conviction by a first instance court against Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Justice Francisco Ricaurte. Mr. Ricaurte will serve a sentence of 19 years and one month in prison, will pay a fine of 485 minimum wages, and has been banned from exercising public office during the time of the sentence. This sentence is given in the framework of the facts associated with the Robe Cartel, a criminal structure in which favorable decisions were granted in exchange for money. The Robe Cartel involved several justices of the Supreme Court of Justice. The Anti-corruption Institute will monitor that Mr. Ricaurte serves time in prisos as ordered by the circuit judge, and that pending cases against former Justice Leonidas Bustos and others reach soon final decisions.

The Oversight for Integrity and Transparency committee (VITA) asks the Congress of the Republic to guarantee the effectiveness of the vaccination plan and to make public their management of the resources designated for the acquisition of vaccines

26 January 2021

The members of the Oversight for Integrity and Transparency committee (VITA) will today ask Congress, as part of a public hearing, to guarantee the publication of information related to the management of resources for the acquisition of vaccines, as well as for the implementation of an agile and effective vaccination plan against Covid-19.

The Anti-Corruption Institute filed a disciplinary complaint against the Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance and Public Credit

8 January 2021

The Anti-Corruption Institute announced today that it had filed a disciplinary complaint against Colombia’s Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz Gómez, and the Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Alberto Carrasquilla, for their alleged breach of duty in not making public details of the contracts signed by these bodies and the special funds they manage, including the Emergency Mitigation Fund.

FUERSA and Cuestión Pública filed a petition with the President of the Senate and all senators

16 July 2020

The Anti-Corruption Social Response Force (FUERSA), in conjunction with the investigative journalism portal, Cuestión Pública, filed a petition this Thursday afternoon to the President of the Senate, Lidio García, as well as to all the senators in the Upper House of the Congress of the Republic, seeking their responses regarding possible campaign donations, credit or commercial relations with companies within the Char Group. These connections would represent a conflict of interest for those senators who might eventually decide to vote for the Cambio Radical party candidate, Senator Arturo Char Chaljub, in his bid for election as President of the Senate.

The Anti-Corruption Institute and the Latin American Compliance Network signed a Collaboration Agreement with the Argentine Chapter of the World Compliance Association

15 July 2020

This morning the International Institute of Anti-Corruption Studies and the Latin American Compliance Network signed a Collaboration Agreement with the Argentine Chapter of the World Compliance Association, chaired by the lawyer Lina Anllo, for the constitution of a strategic alliance that seeks to share good practices in compliance and business ethics between Colombia and Argentina.

New Anticorruption Force files lawsuit against the election of the National Registrar

18 november 2019

The Anticorruption Social Response Force (FUERSA) officially notifies the public that on Friday 15 November 2019, it filed a lawsuit to the Council of State for electoral annulment, against the appointment of Mr. Alexander Vega as the National Registrar.

The International Institute for Anticorruption Studies celebrates the association of national and international experts

18 june 2018

Tom Devine, Eugene Soltes, Rubén Avendaño and Rafael Rincón, all of whom are experts in whistleblower protection, white collar crime, anticorruption, transparency and integrity, corporate governance, and international arbitration, join the International Institute on Anticorruption Studies.

The International Institute on Anticorruption Studies (IIAS) announced that Tom Devine, Eugene Soltes, Rubén Avendaño and Rafael Rincón have joined their team, sharing the news with the general public, as well as the country’s anticorruption community.

The Latin American Compliance Network met in Bogotá to discuss secure reporting channels

21 june 2018

As part of its 2018 program, the Latin American Compliance Network met on 6 April 2018 at Bogotá’s Deloitte Center of Excellence. The meeting, coordinated by the International Institute on Anticorruption Studies (IIAS), which organizes its Executive Secretariat, discussed the first of three major topics: Secure Denunciation Channels, which are of paramount importance in Corruption Risk Prevention Systems, both within public institutions and private companies.

RANKING OF ACCESS TO LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT

Congressmen are divided almost down the middle when it comes to their financial accountability

8 March 2018

According to a study by the International Institute on Anticorruption Studies, Congress representatives are divided almost down the middle when it comes to their financial accountability.

The study, carried out by the International Institute on Anticorruption Studies during the first week of March found that only 68% of a total of 98 Senators [1] responded to requests for information related to the management of their work in Congress.

 A similar trend was detected in the Chamber, where only 66% of Representatives replied.

On a scale of -26 to 26, where zero (0) represents the minimum information that is expected provided, -26 represents extreme

disappointment with the expected information and +26 the proactive delivery of information in addition to the expected. The average score of the evaluated Senators was -6.19 and -2.96 in the Chamber.

​This means that both Senators and representatives to the Chamber tend to deliver less information than any citizen expects to know about their activities.

[1] Those congress representatives who are imprisoned or who have resigned from office were not evaluated