Dominican Republic only country with no Odebrecht arrests
Unlike all of the other countries involved in the Odebrecht bribery scandal, ongoing investigations of Odebrecht-led projects in the country have not led to any prosecutions to date. Odebrecht officials have admitted that bribes were paid in the Dominican Republic related to construction projects.
So far the only person known to be implicated in the scandal is businessman Angel Rondon, who supposedly initially received the money, but has insisted that the payment he received from Odebrecht was for services rendered. However, Odebrecht representatives have given a different account of Rondon’s role in the scandal.
According to the Law 448-06 on Bribery, a person who is found to have accepted a bribe will be punished by three to ten years in jail with a fine of double the amount of the bribe.
However, the first phase of the investigation has ended, with no announcements of formal charges being filed against individuals. Local press has covered the cases of arrests carried out in other countries where Odebrecht has done business, such as Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Panama and Guatemala.
In Brazil, the former executive president Odebrecht, Marcelo Odebrecht, is serving 19 years and four months in jail, and former treasury Minister Antonio Palocci is under arrest.
In Venezuela, the first person to be accused is being sought by local police and Interpol in connection with the bribes although his identity is not known. In Peru, former government official, Edwin Luyo is currently serving 18 months in jail on remand. Also under arrest is government official Miguel Navarro and the former vice minister of Communications Jorge Cuba who has been sentenced to remand in jail for 18 months, although he fled from the country at the end of last year and is currently being sought by authorities.
In Colombia, the former deputy minister of Transport, Gabriel Garcia Morales is currently in jail having admitted to accepting bribes. While in Panama, 17 former government officials are to face formal charges including the sons of ex-president Ricardo Martinelli; Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares; along with his brother Mario Martinelli.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
Jan 31, 2017
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