Reporting from Bogota, Colombia — Suspended Bogota Mayor Samuel Moreno — who is facing corruption charges — was jailed Friday, the latest high-profile Colombian official or former official to be imprisoned for alleged crimes.
On trial for allegedly accepting bribes from contractors in return for public works contracts, Moreno, 51, was deemed by the presiding judge to be a flight risk and remanded to the capital's high-security La Picota prison.
Moreno, the grandson of Colombian army general and strongman Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, was three years into his term when he was suspended in May by the inspector general to face the charges. President Juan Manuel Santos named Clara Lopez to serve out Moreno's term, which ends Dec. 31.
The charges revolve around a multimillion-dollar contract to Grupo Nule for a new road from central Bogota to El Dorado International Airport, one of the most important public works projects in the country. The project has suffered extensive delays and cost overruns.