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The court also ruled that he should pay a fine of 174 minimum wages.
José Elías Melo Acosta, former president of Corficolombiana.
Rodrigo Sepúlveda. THE TIME
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April 29, 2019, 01:41 p.m.
The former president of Corficolombiana, José Elías Melo Acosta, was tried for 11 years in prison for the Odebrecht case.
The judge 14 of knowledge of Bogota issued the sentence for the crimes of bribery and undue interest in the conclusion of contracts. Melo Acosta was sued for the payment of bribes for the concession of the Ruta del Sol Section 2.
The court official considered that the punishment should be held in a prison center.
It also imposed a penalty of incapacity for 159 months and the payment of a fine of 174 minimum wages.
He added that Melo Acosta tried against the public administration and "did not care about the serious damage that was caused" with his actions.
In his sentence, the judge stated that Melo Acosta must be captured immediately and transferred to the prison of La Picota de Bogotá.
The judge said the trial showed that a bribe was offered to former deputy minister Gabriel García Morales, and that Melo Acosta was aware of that.
"Witnesses, whether directly or by hearsay, were aware of the illegal agreement and that the defendant here was not immune to this crime," indicated the judge
He added that in the trial Mauricio Millán stated that he warned about payment of money for suspicious contracts and that Melo Acosta did not act to verify the facts and the projects were authorized.
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