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Peru Women Min: Peru needs to know the truth about Odebrecht corruption

17:25 | Lima, Nov. 5.

Women and Vulnerable Populations Minister Gloria Montenegro on Tuesday affirmed Peru needs to know the truth about the corrupt acts committed by Brazilian construction company Odebrecht and that the judicial verdict on the return of resources over the sale of Chaglla Plant must be complied with.

"The decisions of the Judiciary are mandatory," Montenegro told the press.

"Peru needs to know the truth, whatever it takes. Peru needs to be sure that the history we have lived won't repeat itself. The President has proposed integrity and the fight against corruption. This does not only mean to look ahead, but to let justice play its part," she stated.

In this sense, the high-ranking official indicated that the return of resources should occur since corruption costs Peru S/12 billion (US$3.63 billion). This scourge mainly affects women, children, and teenagers.

Likewise, she mentioned that civil reparation is an issue which is the responsibility of the justice system.

"Let justice play its full role. Peru needs to know the truth, raise the level of democracy and of the productive system, which is affected by corruption. It needs to raise its health and education services quality, which is affected by corruption," Montenegro stated.

Therefore, she considered that the successful collaboration agreement signed by the Peruvian State and the company must be respected.

"Peru needs to know the truth, that money can be recovered in different ways, at different times. It is time for us to unite and for justice to do its job," she concluded.

Odebrecht

In mid-February, Peru's Lava Jato Case Special Prosecution Group signed the long-awaited collaboration agreement with Odebrecht representatives and former employees in Brazil. The accord did not include the Southern Gas Pipeline project.

This deal was intended to procure evidence and testimonies for the investigation of corruption cases in the Andean nation.
       
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)


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Published: 11/5/2019
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