Prosecutors to create joint teams to investigate Odebrecht case

20:29 | Brasilia (Brazil), Feb. 16.

General Prosecutors and Attorney Generals from eleven Latin American countries agreed to set up joint investigation teams with the purpose of launching articulated inquiries into Odebrecht and Lava Jato-related corruption cases.

They also committed to providing wide and efficient judicial cooperation the fastest way possible, so those investigations —involving former senior government officials— will be carried out properly.

The agreement was signed by General Prosecutors and Attorney Generals from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Portugal and Venezuela.

Peru's Attorney General Pablo Sanchez traveled to Brazil for the multilateral Attorney Generals and General Prosecutors' meeting on the massive Odebrecht graft case.

The meeting was convened by Brazilian Attorney General Rodrigo Janot.

Odebrecht case

As is known, the Brazilian construction giant admitted to having paid bribes worth approximately US$29 million to government officials in Peru, "in order to secure public-works contracts."

As a result, Odebrecht benefited from over US$143 million between 2005 and 2014 in Peru, according to the U.S. Justice Department. 

The period in question covers three previous presidencies: Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006), Alan Garcia (2006-2011) and Ollanta Humala (2011-2016).


Published: 2/16/2017