The case

Pablo Ardila Sierra is a Colombian businessman and ex-governor of the Cundinamarca region.

In 2007 an article in the El Espectador newspaper accused Ardila of an unjustified increase in his net worth and of contractual irregularities during his term as governor of Cundinamarca. In December 2007 he was arrested, suspended from office and prosecuted for extortion by the Public Attorney General's office. In September of the same year, the Office of the General Attorney ordered a preliminary investigation into the accusations. No evidence or proof was ever found against Ardila.

After he was held for almost three years in 'la Picota' jail on charges which should never have been brought, the First Specialised Circuit penal court of Cundinamarca found on 11 November 2011 that the accusations against Ardila had no basis in fact or law. He was then acquitted of all charges against him.

This decision was upheld by the High Court on 25 April 2012 and by the Supreme Court on 6 February 2013.

The legal documents relating to the court judgements and the report on the investigation of Office of the General Attorney can be viewed here.

The unjustified accusations and the lengthy imprisonment caused considerable damage to Ardila. He now lives in Europe trading as a private investor.

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