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Colombia President Santos Apologises For Illegal Funds Paid Into Campaign

Without specifying amounts, the Colombian attorney general’s office has alleged Santos‘ successful 2010 and 2014 campaigns received money from Odebrecht, which is engulfed in a region-wide corruption scandal.

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos in Bogota, Colombia November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga
Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos in Bogota, Colombia November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga

Bogota: Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday acknowledged that his 2010 election campaign received illegal payments from Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht SA and asked the country’s forgiveness.

Without specifying amounts, the Colombian attorney general’s office has alleged Santos‘ successful 2010 and 2014 campaigns received money from Odebrecht, which is engulfed in a region-wide corruption scandal.

Santos said he had no knowledge at the time of the illegal payments and did not authorise acceptance of them. He said he “rejects and condemns” them.

“I am deeply sorry and ask forgiveness from Colombians for this shameful act that should never have happened and that I…

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