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Peru: Justice Ministry did not participate in Odebrecht collaboration agreement

14:31 | Lima, Mar. 18.

Peru's Justice Ministry (Minjus) did not participate in the collaboration agreement signed between the Public Ministry and Odebrecht, Lava Jato case's Ad Hoc State Attorney Jorge Ramirez indicated on Monday.

In Peru, the Public Ministry is independent from the Executive Branch.

According to him, the Public Ministry is in charge of investigating the Lava Jato case. It also leads the negotiations for plea bargain deals. 

Likewise, the Attorney's Office estimated the civil reparation amount concerning the crimes the Brazilian company had allegedly committed.  

Furthermore, Ramirez indicated the economic damage totaled approximately S/1.250 billion. Thus, Odebrecht will pay S/610 million (about US$182 million) and provide information, as well as evidence

"We expect to collect the remainder from other businesses and natural persons involved (in the case)," he told RPP radio and TV station.

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.

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Published: 3/18/2019
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