August 24, 2017 / 1:57 PM / a year ago

Colombia infrastructure chief resigns amid Odebrecht investigation

BOGOTA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - The head of Colombia’s national infrastructure agency, who is being investigated in connection with the Latin America-wide Odebrecht corruption scandal, has resigned his post.

Luis Fernando Andrade, who announced his resignation in a statement late on Wednesday, ran the agency for six years and was responsible for awarding road, bridge and other infrastructure contracts for the Andean country.

Andrade is being investigated as part of an investigation into a 5 trillion peso ($1.67 billion) contract awarded to an Odebrecht-led consortium for the construction of the Ruta del Sol II highway. Odebrecht has admitted to paying bribes connected to the project.

The company is involved in a sprawling corruption saga in which it has already paid $3.5 billion in settlements in the United States, Brazil and Switzerland.

Andrade will be replaced by current vice-finance minister, Dimitri Zaninovich, the president’s office said in a statement.

A judge this week sent the ex-president of holding company Corficolombiana, a former partner of Odebrecht, to prison while he awaits trial on bribery charges.

$1 = 2,986.88 Colombian pesos Reporting by Nelson Bocanegra; Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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