Odebrecht case: Peru judge orders 18-month preventive detention of 14 arbitrators

17:31 | Lima, Nov. 4.

The Judicial Branch ordered 18 months of preventive detention against 14 out of 16 arbitrators accused of favoring Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Said arbitrators are Humberto Abanto Verastegui, Fernando Cantuarias Salaverry, Marcos Espinoza Rimache, Randol Campos Flores, Luis Pardo Narvaez, Richard Martin Tirado, and Weyden Garcia Rojas.

The list also includes Fernando Pebe Romero, Alejandro Alvarez Pedroza, Ramiro Rivera Reyes, Franz Kundmuller Caminiti, Mario Castillo Freyre, Alfredo Zapata Velasco, and Daniel Linares Prado.

They are accused of bribery, illicit association, and money laundering for allegedly favoring Odebrecht, according to the prosecutor.

Likewise, the Third Preparatory Investigation Court —led by Judge Jorge Chavez Tamariz— ordered an 18-month house arrest against Emilio Cassina Rivas, and appearance with restrictions on Emilio David Cassina Ramon. 

He serves preventive detention, too.


In this sense, the prosecutor told the press that the foreign corporation had recognized its culpability concerning the delivery of those illegal payments. 

Likewise, he indicated that its officers had admitted there were payments and bribes known as "success bonuses" which were granted to arbitrators once they had voted in favor of the company. 

Furthermore, Juarez pointed out collaborators and Odebrecht executives had provided documents mentioning the names of the arbitrators who had received illegal money.


Published: 11/4/2019
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