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Peru Lava Jato team met with Andorra Attorney General

17:16 | Andorra la Vella (Andorra), Jan. 31.

Peru's Lava Jato Case Special Prosecution Group held a work meeting with Andorran Attorney General Alonso Alberca following the second day of meetings in the European country, within the framework of the investigation on former Peruvian officials and construction company Odebrecht.

The Inca nation's Public Ministry informed Prosecutors Rafael Vela, Jose Domingo Perez, and Norma Mori participated in the audience.

The special team traveled to the Principality on January 28 to gather new information on account openings intended for paying bribes by the construction company to former Peruvian officials.

Likewise, the prosecutors will interrogate Xavier Perez Gimenez who —according to the Prosecutor's Office— was an executive at Banca Privada D'Andorra in Uruguay involved in opening bank accounts for the Inca nation's ex-officials connected to the Lava Jato Case.

The trip was possible thanks to an accord signed with foreign authorities that enable activating international cooperation mechanisms.

An investigation by El Pais Spanish newspaper revealed —through Banca Privada d'Andorra documents— there is a deposit worth almost US$900,000 for Miguel Atala, who was an official at State-owned oil company PetroPeru during former President Alan Garcia's second term in office (2006-2011).

Said deposit was allegedly made in 2007 from a firm linked to Odebrecht.

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) CVC/DTK/MVB

Published: 1/31/2019
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