We lead high-impact, strategic judicial and administrative litigation work focused on the prevention, detection and punishment of corruption at a national or territorial level, with a particular emphasis on the following areas: transparency, the appointment and election of public servants, and State procurement and contracting.
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Legal protection petitions won by Anti-Corrupcion Institute against public sector organizations for right to access public information
On June 2021, the Anti-Corruption Institute has managed three decisions in its favor regarding the right to accessing public information against National Electoral Council (CNE), National Penitentiary and Prison Institute (INPEC) and Senate.
In most instances, these legal processes were required because of the absence of any response to the initial petitions presented by the Institute from these public sector organizations, which we made as per the right to petition. The information requested corresponds mainly to action and activity regarding alleged electoral crimes believed to have taken place between 2014 and 2020 by CNE, information about those people who are deprived of their liberty for having committed crimes against the public administration or crimes against the mechanisms of democratic participation was successful and data used in accusations presented before the Supreme Court of Justice regarding allegations of crimes against the public administration or crimes against the mechanisms of democratic participation by elected officials between 2014-2020 who would otherwise have parliamentary immunity apart from investigation by the Supreme Court.
The Anti-Corruption Institute presented a request for information to the Office of Colombia’s Attorney General
On 27 April 2020, the Anti-Corruption Institute presented a request for information to the Office of Colombia’s Attorney General calling for the entity’s actions to be made more transparent against the backdrop of the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the petition, they requested the Attorney General’s office to provide a report of all the criminal proceedings that have been initiated since 24 March 2020 related to crimes of: the violation of sanitary measures and the spread of the epidemic, as well as information related to the progression of the aforementioned processes.
Public intervention in the electoral process for the Departmental Comptroller of Valle del Cauca
On 9 January 2020, the Anticorruption Institute presented a document to the Valle del Cauca Departmental Assembly requesting that the honorable Deputies of the Assembly abstain from voting for the candidate Leonor Abadía Benítez, due to the presence of a potential conflict of interest. This is due to the fact that, in the event of being selected as a Departmental Comptroller, she would be obliged to exercise surveillance and control functions over organizations to which she was already linked.
Request for intervention and suspension of the adjudication hearing for the Western Regiotram Project
On 22 December 2019, the Anticorruption Institute presented a request for urgent intervention in the tender EFR-009 of 2019 in which the Regional Railway Company (Empresa Férrea Regional S.A.S.) is participating. It called for the verification of the integrity of the aforementioned contracting process, as well the possible inability for the sole proponent, China Railway Construction Corporation Ltda, to receive a State contract owing to the fact that it was included in the World Bank’s Blacklist of Contractors on 4 June 2019.
The Anticorruption Institute requests public information on the data of official private vehicles from the Colombian National Police
On 11 December 2019, the Anticorruption Institute submitted a public information request to the General Directorate of the National Police, requesting that data related to the official private vehicles made available to the National Police be released. This request was placed in order to identify the vehicles used by the police force during the arrest of citizens.
The Anticorruption Institute sent communication of facts associated with alleged irregular acts against the public administration to the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation and the Supreme Court of Justice
On 30 August 2019, the Anticorruption Institute sent a communication of facts detailing alleged irregular acts against the public administration involving Liberal Party Senator Mario Alberto Castaño. The allegations are related to the granting of royalties for the development of the construction of the Malecon de la Dorada and the paving of the Salamina – Pácora and Salamina – La Merced roads, for a total of 80 billion pesos.
Doubts about the criteria for allocating royalties arise from a series of statements given by the senator at a public political event within the framework of the electoral campaign of Juan Pablo Ospina Rosas, currently Municipal Mayor of Salamina, and Camilo Gaviria, who was a candidate for the Government of the Department of Caldas for the Liberal Party.