Former Congressman German Olano has turned himself in to authorities after arriving at Bogota airport. The politician is the second to be arrested in recent days for his alleged responsibility in a major corruption scandal, Semana reported Sunday.
Colombia’s Supreme Court had issued his arrest warrant on Friday 29 April, having detained former Senator Ivan Moreno the previous day for his involvement in the public works corruption scandal that has marred the integrity of Bogota’s local government.
Olano is currently in the custody of Colombia’s intelligence agency DAS, after apparently negotiating his surrender prior to his arrival from Miami to Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport.
“He presented himself to the immigration officials of the El Dorado International Airport in Bogota,” read a statement from DAS. He is expected to soon be made available to the High Court for his investigation hearing.
Olano is the man identified by authorities on the incriminating tape recorded by Miguel Nule, of the disgraced Nule Group construction firm, in which he is heard discussing the fraudulent awarding of public works contracts and mentions both Ivan Moreno and his brother Samuel, the incumbent mayor of Bogota, in connection with commission payments.
Former comptroller Angelo Moralesrussi, as well as ex-officials Lilliano Pardo and Inocencio Melendez, have already been arrested and convicted for their role in the scandal.