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Videotapes Implicating Ecuador Officials in Odebrecht Corruption Surface in Brazil’s Probe

By: Karina Martín - Jun 19, 2017, 4:12 pm
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Chief Director of Odebrecht in Ecuador gave up videos of his meetings with Ecuadorian government officials to prosecutors this week. (Twitter)

EspañolA former Odebrecht executive in Ecuador has produced videotapes of his meetings with government officials.

The videos are expected to reduce his sentence, as he is cooperating with the trial currently taking place in Brazil. The former executive will now reportedly receive the lowest sentence of the 77 people who have agreed to cooperate with the investigation, which is focused on the Brazilian construction company’s illegal activity of making bribes in exchange for building contracts across the continent.

 

So far, investigations into the Odebrecht case in Ecuador have led to the imprisonment of eight people, among them an uncle of re-elected Vice President Jorge Glas and the former Minister of Electricity Alecksey Mosquera.

General Comptroller Carlos Polit, who is currently outside the country, has been involved, but due to his position, he reportedly enjoys judicial privilege.

“We are going after everyone who committed acts of corruption,” Ecuadorian prosecutor Carlos Baca said. “We will go to all means necessary to carry out and persecute these acts of corruption, and to bring those responsible to justice.”

Baca is serving as the lead investigator in the case, announcing that next Tuesday, June 20, he will be traveling to Panama to meet with the country’s Attorney General, Kenia Porcell, regarding the Odebrecht case.

The objective of the trip is to process “all the information” currently in possession of investigators, “because 60 percent of the corruption plot arrived and went through Panamanian ports,” the prosecutor said.

Sources: La República; Telesur.

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.

Russia Sides with Cuban Dictatorship, Calls Trump’s Policy Reversal “Cold War Rhetoric”

By: Karina Martín - Jun 19, 2017, 2:20 pm
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EspañolRussia has expressed its "unyielding solidarity" with Cuba following US President Donald Trump's announcement that he would be reversing many Obama-era policies intended to thaw relations with the island. Russia's Foreign Ministry didn't wait long to pounce on an apparent opportunity to gain favor over the United States after Trump's speech last week in Florida, which officials in the Kremlin called "haughty" and likened to "almost forgotten Cold War rhetoric." "The new policy on Cuba announced by US President Donald Trump leads us to a forgotten Cold War-style rhetoric," a Foreign Ministry statement read on Sunday, June 18. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   "When the previous Washington administration introduced substantive changes to its policy toward the island, we believed, not without foundation, that they were not so much a manifestation of goodwill as a reflection of the failure of a policy of dictation and sanctions," the Russian government said, before reaffirming its "unwavering" solidarity with Cuba. The Trump administration announced it is planning to hold President Raúl Castro's notoriously repressive regime to higher human rights standards before allowing further dialogue regarding opening the island to normalized US relations. Trump said in his speech that he wants the island to hold free and open elections, as well as release political prisoners. Read More: Trump Partially Reverses Obama-Castro Deal, Demands Free Elections in Cuba Read More: Reporters in Venezuela’s Protests Face Brutal Repression from Dictatorship Additionally, he said he plans to restrict American travel to the island, and freeze transactions with Cuban military forces. He will not be restoring the "wet foot dry foot" policy revoked by Obama, however, which allowed Cuban refugees successfully reaching American soil to remain in the country. Source: Cubamet; Cibercuba; HispanTV.

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