Odebrecht allegedly paid US$3.07 million for the awarding of the Southern Gas Pipeline (Gasoducto del Sur)
during ex-President Ollanta Humala's (2011-2016)
term in office, Convoca investigative journalism site has reported.
It should be noted the Southern Gas Pipeline
had been awarded for over US$7 billion to the sole bidder —Odebrecht— in June 2014.
Within this framework, the Prosecutor's Office opened two investigations over collusion and incompatible negotiation offenses against State-run Private Investment Promotion Agency (ProInversion) employees, the company's executives, lawyers, as well as Ollanta Humala's wife Nadine Heredia
With regards to this project, 10 people —identified only by nicknames (codinomes)— appear as the recipients of illegal money payments worth between US$20,000 and US$700,000.
Likewise, seven intermediary companies —used as channels for the over US$3 million payments— appear as "beneficiaries." Some of them had been created in the British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Belize, and Panama.
Besides, legal interests —which reach S/150 million (around US$44 million)—, SUNAT's enforceable debt payments —worth S/435 million (around US$130 million)—, and the S/65 million (US$19 million) —which have already been paid— must be added to this figure.
Thus, the civil reparations' figure totals S/1.260 billion (around US$377 million).
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.