The Vice President and Foreign Minister of Colombia, Marta Lucía Ramírez, made it clear this Monday that she had declared her investments abroad and that the company mentioned in the Pandora Papers was sold in 2012.
“With regard to the ‘Pandora Papers’ investigation, I would like to inform you that the foreign company mentioned in connection with my name and its participation in the stock brokerage company before the Bank of Colombia and the National Tax and Customs Directorate (DIAN), in accordance with the law, “he said.
“It is also important to make it clear that the company was sold in 2012,” he added in a statement collected from the Colombian press.
According to the Pandora Papers, Ramírez ‘husband Álvaro Rincón, their daughter María Alejandra Rincón and they appear through the Panamanian company Stulb Investment Corporation in 2005 as shareholders of the Global Securities Management Corporation, which is registered in the Virgin Islands and whose founding partner was the Colombian Gustavo Hernández Frieri who was convicted this year in the US of laundering stolen money from the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA.
In 2010, Hernández began laundering Venezuelan money six years before he was arrested in Italy. “It cannot be ascribed to us or try to bring us into the game in any way, especially not what happened in 2018,” said the Colombian vice president.
Former Colombian Presidents César Gaviria and Andrés Pastrana, as well as Transport Minister Ángela María Orozco, the Colombian Ambassador to Chile, Guillermo Botero, the former Minister of Education Gina Parody and, among others, the director, are also involved in the investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) by DIAN, Lisandro Junco Rivera.