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Former Odebrecht representative: Peru's Ex-President Garcia knew about bribes to Toledo

Photo: AFP

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10:34 | Curitiba (Brazil), Apr. 24.

Former Odebrecht representative in Peru Jorge Barata affirmed that deceased ex-President Alan Garcia (2006-2011) was aware of the bribes the Brazilian construction corporation had paid to ex-President Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006) for the South Interoceanic Highway Project, investigative journalism site IDL-Reporteros informed on Wednesday.

However, the ex-Head of State did not take any measures against the company. 

In this sense, Israeli entrepreneur Josef Maiman —who used his bank accounts to transfer money from Odebrecht to Toledo— sought Garcia to inform him about this fact. 


Luis Nava


Furthermore, the payment was also aimed at ensuring that Odebrecht would gain new projects during Garcia's second term in office.

On his second day of interrogations, Barata told Peruvian Prosecutors Rafael Vela and Jose Domingo Perez that ex-President Garcia knew about the link he had maintained with Nava. 

The former Odebrecht officer went on to add Nava and ex-high-ranking official of the APRA administration Miguel Atala were Garcia's "Maiman."

According to IDL-Reporteros, this affiliation opened the Government Palace's doors to Odebrecht during his second term in office (2006-2011).




The interrogations take place from April 23 to 26 at Curitiba-based Prosecutor's Office. 
 
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As is known, the Brazilian construction giant admitted to having paid millions in bribes 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. 

In addition, four ex-Presidents have been linked to the Brazilian company such as: Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006), Alan Garcia (2006-2011), Ollanta Humala (2011-2016), and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-2018)

Former presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori —currently under preventive detention— also allegedly received money from Odebrecht for her 2011 campaign.

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Published: 4/24/2019
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