Odebrecht US$92.0M bribe case first phase concludes
Santo Domingo.- The Justice Ministry on Thursday said it concluded the first phase of the investigation into the US$92 million in bribes paid to officials to secure government works.
Without specifying the next steps or disclosing the agreement in which the Brazilian company pledges to pay US$184 million to the country, or double the bribe amount, Justice minister Jean Alain Rodriguez said he received the depositions of curent and former officials.
Although the clock on the statute of limitations of four years has started ticking, Rodriguez said they still await the information requested to Brazil and the United States.
“The fluid contact continues to know as soon as possible the details that the executives of the Brazilian construction company had admitted about their activities in the Dominican Republic, with special interest in obtaining the names of those who appear as bribed in those documents,” the official said.
He said the Justice Ministry is being cautious and seeks to build a strong case.
Among those questioned by prosecutors figure Odebrecht local general manager Marcelo Hofke and the company’s commercial liaison in the country Angel Rondon, who admitted receivingUS$92 million, as payment for his “services,” but not to bribe.
Jan 27, 2017
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