Peru's Judiciary has decided to remove former Odebrecht executive Jorge Barata from the investigation into the Interoceanic Highway collusion case, thus he might become a cooperating witness.
The decision was delivered by Judge Richard Concepcion Carhuancho at a hearing held to address a Public Ministry's request to change Jorge Barata's status.
Also, the judge decided to lift the interim measures imposed on him.
"The individual shall be removed only from the investigation for collusion against the State. The lifting of the interim measures imposed on him shall be carried out as well," stated the judge.
The hearing was convened upon request from Anticorruption Prosecutor Hamilton Castro.
The Peruvian Prosecutor's Office claimed construction firm Odebrecht's former head in Peru colluded with ex-President Alejandro Toledo
(2001-2006) to favor the Brazilian conglomerate in bidding to build the Peru-Brazil Interoceanic Highway.