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Odebrecht case: Arbitrators' homes seized in Peru

18:33 | Lima, Feb. 5.

Peruvian Public Ministry's Lava Jato Case Special Prosecution Group on Tuesday seized the properties of arbitrators who allegedly favored construction company Odebrecht to the detriment of the State.

Conducted in at least 14 homes, the operation was led by Prosecutor German Juarez Atoche, member of the special team. 

According to El Comercio newspaper, the properties belong to Arbitrators Jaime Jose Vales Carrillo, Franz Nunzio Fernando Kundmuller, Fernando Cantuarias Salaverry, Luis Fernando Pebe Romero, Luis Felipe Pardo Narvaez, and Randol Edgard Campos Flores.

Likewise, one of the seized houses belongs to Horacio Canepa, who has been banned from leaving the country for 18 months for allegedly voting in favor of the Brazilian firm.

The Prosecutor's Office currently investigates these arbitrators, as their rulings allegedly enabled Odebrecht to collect millions of dollars from the Peruvian State. 

Furthermore, the people under probe are allegedly part of a criminal organization aimed at favoring the builder to the detriment of the State. 

Odebrecht

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.

(END) CCR/DTK/RMB

Published: 2/5/2019
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