Peru: Nava's son confirms former Odebrecht representative delivered bribes to father

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18:30 | Lima, Apr. 30.

Former Odebrecht representative in Peru Jorge Barata personally delivered bags with large amounts of money to Ex-Secretary-General of the Presidency Luis Nava Guibert, during deceased ex-President Alan Garcia's second term in office (2006-2011), Nava's son Jose Nava Mendiola has confirmed.

According to Prosecutor Jose Domingo Perez, Nava Mendiola gave his statement on April 26 at the Peruvian Consulate General in Miami (U.S.), where he traveled on April 10, the day on which a preliminary detention against him was requested in Peru.

In this sense, he indicated his father and Barata had told him —by the end of 2006 or at the beginning of 2007— that they had come to an arrangement.  

Likewise, Nava Mendiola affirmed that —by the end of 2006 or in the middle and by the end of 2008— Barata had delivered payments directly or through him to his father.

"Barata would call and ask me to pick him up from his house and take him to my father's house. Sometimes I would pick him up, and he would take the money to my father. On other occasions, he would ask me to take a backpack. I never opened it, but I knew there was money inside, and I would give it to my father," the son narrated. 

Furthermore, he confirmed he was aware the Odebrecht representative had gone to see his father on many occasions. 

"Every time I took Barata to my father's house it was during the night," the young Nava added. 

On the other hand, the Prosecutor asked the judge to revoke the 10-day preliminary detention order against Nava Mendiola, who has promised to return to Peru on May 7. 

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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.


Published: 4/30/2019