Peru's Judicial Branch on Tuesday sentenced former Ancash Region Governor Cesar Alvarez to eight years and three months in prison over collusion crimes in the construction of San Luis Chacas Highway, built by the Brazilian Odebrecht company.
According to Judge Nayko Coronado, the prison sentence will end on September 10, 2027.
It should be noted this represents the first verdict of a Lava Jato-related case.
Alvarez has also been forbidden to hold public office for eight years and three months.
Likewise, the judge indicated the sentence ordered for the former authority is the one the Prosecutor’s Office had requested.
On December 22, 2010, Ancash Region Government and Odebrecht signed a contract for the execution of the abovementioned highway. The next day the foreign company submitted a request of S/155 million (US$46 million) in advance to purchase materials.
In this sense, Judge Coronado pointed out the request had been made within the legal framework. However, the date —in which the money was delivered— had been irregular.
Furthermore, she informed the complete verdict against Alvarez and other 10 people —who have been accused of irregularities committed during the construction— will be read on June 21.
Moreover, the judge stated the sentenced people will be notified, adding they will be allowed to submit an appeal.
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.