Andrade refutes house arrest order

Exclusive: Former ANI head Luis Fernando Andrade has dismissed his recent house arrest as “absurd” and stressed that he will continue to fight charges of "unlawful interest" connected with the Odebrecht corruption scandal.

A judge has charged Andrade with home detention following the request from the attorney’s office for a prison term made in October.

The attorney’s office claimed that Adrade could be a flight risk as well as a possible influence of third parties, amongst others.

The judge concluded that house arrest would be sufficient.

Andrade told P3 Bulletin that he would continue to fight to clear his name and dismissed the charges.    

"This is related to accusations from the attorney’s office for my involvement in the projects Ruta del Sol 2 and the Navelena contract, which it is necessary to bear in mind that they are not part of the 4G road program," Andrade told P3 Bulletin.    

“The claims are completely absurd,” he said, adding that “the same attorney’s office has proven that I haven’t been bribed.”   

Andrade explained that he is convinced of his integrity and his work over the past six years as ANI’s chief.    

“The truth is that I am calm,” he said. “I have had a lot of support from my family, friends and colleagues from the industry as well as from President Santos and the Colombian Chamber of Infrastructure.”

Towards the end of August, Andrade stepped down from his position at ANI following corruption allegations.