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Odebrecht Probe in Peru Now Turns to Southern Interoceanic Highway

By: Karina Martín - Mar 15, 2017, 5:58 pm
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Alan Garcia’s government allegedly received USD $1,9 million from the Brazilian construction giant (entornointeligente).

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The prosecutor in charge of the Odebrecht case, Hamilton Castro, will investigate Brazilian construction companies that participated in the contract signing for the construction of the Southern Interoceanic Highway (IIRSA South), an ambitious transportation project which will connect southern Peru to southern Brazil, thus linking the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

The case includes the investigation of former officials of Pro Inversión Sergio Bravo Orellana and Percy Velarde Zapater, as well as Mauricio Cruz López, current representative of Odebrecht in Peru, Carlos Ruiz Paredes (Graña and Montero) and Óscar Rosas Villanueva (Queiroz Galvao) also from Odebrecht.

According to an investigation by the newspaper El Comercio, Alan Garcia’s government received more than USD $1.9 million, equivalent to 45% of the total cost of the project, which included construction, project maintenance in the northern sections and areas 2, 3 and 4 of the Southern Interoceanic highway.

Alan Garcia has already been implicated, along with former Minister of Transport and Communications Enrique Cornejo and Oswaldo Plasencia, former executive director of the Lima Metro project.

 

On January 20th, 2017, Odebrecht acknowledged before the Peruvian public prosecutor that it had paid USD $29 million in bribes to facilitate its participation in major infrastructure projects between 2005 and 2014, a period that includes the governments of Alejandro Toledo (2001- 2006), Alan García (2006-2011) and Ollanta Humala (2011-2016).

“Investigate all you want. Thus it will be clear that other presidents profited, but Alan Garcia did not,” wrote the former president after the prosecutor’s announcement in reference to the complaint filed at the Public Ministry by the prosecutor’s office.

Odebrecht’s web of bribery, corruption, and illicit enrichment have rattled the entire South American continent in the past year. Top Odebrecht officials have testified to paying massive bribes to political leaders throughout South America in order to assure the awarding of lucrative transportation and infrastructure contracts.

Sources: El Comercio

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Guillermo Lasso Denounces Lilian Tintori’s Expulsion from Ecuador

By: Karina Martín - Mar 15, 2017, 5:17 pm
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Español Ecuadorian opposition presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso, expressed his solidarity with Venezuelan Lilian Tintori, who was denied entry by the Ecuadorian government this morning. Via Twitter Lasso said: https://twitter.com/LassoGuillermo/status/841985531923861504 What happened to @liliantintori confirms that there is no rule of law in Ecuador. If we continue on this path, we will end up like Venezuela. Read More: Ecuador: Guillermo Lasso Will Ask to Exclude Venezuela from OAS if Maduro Refuses Free Elections Read More: Meet Guillermo Lasso, Ecuador's Best Hope to End a Decade of Socialist Rule Shortly afterwards Lasso commented that the reason why Tintori, wife of Venezuelan political prisoner Leopoldo Lopez, was banned from entering, "is due to the same reason why Lenin Moreno does not want to debate me, fear of our ideas which expose their lies and make them face reality." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Likewise, the presidential candidate accused the government of violating human rights, and said that this is a sign that "Ecuador lives under the dictatorship of a political party." https://twitter.com/LassoGuillermo/status/841988881042030593 Official declaration concerning this morning's events with @liliantintori upon arriving to Ecuador. Ecuadorians, it's time to CHANGE. On Wednesday, March 15th, Lilian Tintori denounced that: "We are arriving to our our sister nation Ecuador, and our passports were taken away by immigration officials, they have us detained at the Guayaquil airport. The authorities will not let us in. By orders of Rafael Correa's government we were denied entry. In customs, I was told that I had no access and that I had to return. What are they afraid of? [...] They do not let me in because change is coming in Ecuador." https://twitter.com/liliantintori/status/841918135448047616?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw We were harassed at airport in Guayaquil by immigration officials. We were recorded and our passports were retained. Ecuador's government violates human rights. Guillermo Lasso is currently locked in a close battle with former vice president Lenin Moreno in Ecuador's presidential election, which will be decided on April 2. Lasso is a prominent banker, and the former governor of Guayas, Ecuador's largest province. Sources: La República, Panorama

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