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Peru President supports prosecutors in charge of Lava Jato case

13:40 | Lima, Dec. 17.

President Martin Vizcarra on Monday expressed his administration's full support to the continuation of Prosecutors Rafael Vela and Jose Domingo Perez in the Lava Jato case.

When asked about the possibility of Attorney General Pedro Chavarry changing the prosecutors in charge of the probe, the statesman indicated the current ones should remain in their posts until the investigations are complete. 

Within this framework, the top official reaffirmed he respects the separation of powers.

Likewise, the Head of State suggested the Public Ministry to strengthen the fight against corruption.

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.

Working with governors and mayors

The statesman pointed out his administration has undertaken efforts to work with newly-elected mayors and regional governors, adding this dialogue will be extended to Congress' political parties. 

"Any shortcomings that could have existed must be overcome. Let's look at the future, look at the work we have ahead of us," he said. 

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Published: 12/17/2018
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