US Congresswoman Requests Names Involved in Ecuador’s Odebrecht Corruption
EspañolUS Congresswoman (R) Ileana Ros-Lehtinen sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to reveal the names of officials who were bribed by Odebrecht in Ecuador between 2007 and 2016.
The construction company paid around US $33.5 million in exchange contracts in the South American country. The deputy asked for names of the people involved in the case.
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“I am requiring you to disclose the names of Ecuadorian public officials referred to in the plea agreement with Odebrecht executives and other individuals involved in corruption in Ecuador,” the legislator said in her letter.
According to Ros-Lehtinen, Ecuador does not have to reveal any names, which is why the deputy asked the US to make them known directly.
In case the names are not revealed, the congresswoman said those involved could fall out of impunity for political interference.
“Correa’s political pressure, in addition to corruption and lack of judicial independence under his government, makes it highly unlikely that Ecuadorian prosecutors will disclose the names of officials involved in the Odebrecht case or take them to court.”
Source: La República