Published November 17, 2014
Colombia's solicitor general has suspended Bogota's mayor from office for three months for alleged negligence in overseeing public contracts.
The suspension of Mayor Samuel Moreno comes less than a week after his senator brother, Ivan, was arrested on influence-pedding charges. He is accused of soliciting payments from construction companies that won major municipal road-building contracts.
Mayor Moreno did not immediately comment on Tuesday's order by Solicitor General Alejandro Ordonez, who said it was not a sentence but a preventive measure.
Colombia's solicitor general can by law fire public officials and bar them from office.
A criminal investigation is ongoing and President Juan Manuel Santos must now name an acting mayor.