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Odebrecht bribery investigation opened

Attorney General Jean-Alain Rodríguez has opened an investigation into bribes worth US$92 million that according to a US Justice Department investigation were paid to Dominican government officials by Odebrecht, the large Brazilian engineering company. Rodríguez has given all government institutions 48 hours to hand over the contracts issued to Odebrecht since 2001.

Rodríguez said that they have asked Brazil for information via international legal cooperation channels and that meanwhile, they would carry out the investigation here. He said that the investigation covered active government employees, people who held public office and others who were not in government at the time that the transactions were made.

He said that any official who can be proven to have received a bribe or any other benefit whether direct or indirect would be prosecuted, irrespective of their previous or current position.

Commenting on the Odebrecht case, the president of the Foundation for Institutionalism and Justice (Finjus), Tulio Castaños Guzmán said that a Trump administration in the US could place an even greater spotlight on transparency. He said that the attorney general has to follow up on the evidence of corruption against Odebrecht, as well as in the purchase of the Super Tucano planes from another Brazilian giant, Embraer, independently of political pressures.

A US Justice Department case has revealed that Odebrecht spent US$92 million in bribes in the DR to generate US$163 million in construction projects. In a telephone interview for La Super 7 en la Mañana, Castaños said that trade agreements have their rules and the US was not standing back doing nothing.

Source: DR1, 7dias

Dec 27, 2016

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