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Dominican Republic hooks big fish in Odebrecht US$92M bribes

Santo Domingo.- Around noon Wednesday Justice minister Jean Rodríguez will question businessman Ángel Rondón Rijo, Odebrecht’s commercial liaison, who allegedly received US$92 million to bribe Dominican officials.

After questioning Marcelo Hofke, general manager of the Brazilian company in the Dominican Republic for seven hours, Rodriguez revealed that he confirmed that Rondón was the one who received the money.

He said the information given to investigators was partial, since he didn’t provide the names of those who were bribed in exchange for  construction contracts during various administrations. “Precisely what we want to know is who received the 92 million dollars. Already the company Odebrecht confirmed that it had delivered it to businessman Ángel Rondón, who is its commercial intermediary, precisely its commercial representative.”

Rodríguez revealed that the construction company was issued a deadline until Friday, January 13, to deliver the contracts signed in Brazil, and that they also have the names of those who received the money.

Quoted by local media, the official said that there’s nothing to negotiate with Odebrecht outside the criminal procedure, becuase “justice and honesty are not negotiated.”

“I have no commitment with anyone, with absolutely nobody, my only commitment is with justice,” said Rodriguez, noting that the Justice Ministry’s only option is to fight corruption and impunity.

The official announced the filing of charges starting today, and that Odebrecht does cannot enter into new contracts in the country while the case is being investigated.

Rodríguez added that Hofke was warned to that he is obliged to hand over the required information since it’s not a voluntary act by Odebrecht.

Lawyer denies

Hofke’s lawyer Robert Valdez said they’ll hand over documents within the Prosecutor’s deadline and affirmed that his client didn’t reveal any names during the interrogation.

Source: DT

Jan 11, 2017

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