But the Pandora Papers were even more revelatory. According to the El Espectador and Connectas, an additional 588 Colombian ambassadors, ministers, former presidents, businessmen, celebrities and government officials were named in the Pandora Papers.
Among the most notable names are: former presidents César Gaviria and Andrés Pastrana; current vice president and foreign minister, Marta Lucía Ramírez, together with her husband, Álvaro Rincón, and her daughter, María Alejandra Rincón; the Minister of Transportation, Ángela María Orozco; former ministers Guillermo Botero, Gina Parody and Fernando Araújo Perdomo, among others.
Most troubling is that the current director of the DIAN, Lisandro Junco Riveira, was listed in the Pandora Papers as a beneficiary of the Cyber Security System Company, an incorporated business in Delaware. According to El Espectador, he also has an account in Cyprus and a virtual office in London managed by a Dubai-based provider. Although Junco has stated that this was all declared and reported to the appropriate agencies, journalist Paola Herrera found more inconsistencies that confirms what was published in the Pandora Papers.
To date, consequences for the hundreds of individuals highlighted in these journalistic investigations have been nonexistent. Those with power are all horses on the same carousel: the attorney general is a friend of the president; the legal counsel is a friend of the president; the comptroller general is a friend of the president; they are all in charge of monitoring the DIAN director, who was appointed, of course, by President Iván Duque. The only ones without powerful friends are ordinary Colombians who bear the brunt of tax evasion with higher taxes.
Action must be taken to ensure that they, the evaders, cannot continue to rob millions of Colombians, and contribute to inequality, poverty, and illegality.