The director of Colombia’s geological and mining institute reported that authorities will investigate cases of serious corruption found Monday in the granting of mining rights by institute employees.
Ingeominas Director Oscar Paredes said that 25 disciplinary processes are being initiated against former employees of the institute, and that the Inspector General’s Office, Prosecutor General’s Office, and Comptroller General’s Office have plans to investigate further.
“The disciplinary processes that the entity has to initiate are those working to establish responsibility of those who have violated procedural norms, or of an independent process during their time in the company,” Paredes said, according to Caracol Radio.
Earlier on Monday, Mining Minister Carlos Rodado reported serious instances of corruption in the granting of mining titles in Colombian territory.
Rodado said that problems found included the granting of 37 titles in national parks and reserves, monopolies on titles and violation of rights in mining communities.
The minister said that the most serious case is that of one individual who requested 264 titles.