Posted on April 8, 2017 11:28 am
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Colombia’s Multi-Billion Dollar Corruption Problem Could Impact Peace Deal (E)

As Colombia works towards implementing an ambitious peace deal and fighting new and old criminal groups, extreme levels of corruption within its own government are an often overlooked but crucial threat to battling poverty, drugs and violence during this historic window of opportunity for change.

Corruption in Colombia may be worth as $14 billion, Comptroller General Edgardo Maya Villazón announced at a recent anti-corruption forum organized by El Tiempo

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Maya Villazón added that the two government anti-graft bodies, the Comptroller General’s Office and the Inspector General’s Office, along with the Attorney General’s Office “are not sufficient” in fighting corruption, for which there had to be a “commitment from the state and a commitment from society.”

On April 1, former president and current Senator Álvaro Uribe called a march against corruption calling for the removal of current President Juan Manuel Santos. The march was attended by prominent opposition activists, including Jhon Jairo Velásquez, alias “Popeye,” a former hitman for Pablo Escobar’s Medellín Cartel….Insight crime