Odebrecht: Barata's testimony
29 April 2019
After months of expectation the Head of Odebrecht in Peru, Jorge Barata, gave his testimony on the illegal payments made to politicians and businessmen. In the aftermath of Alan Garcia’s death there was much expectation as to what he would reveal on that case. Barata confirmed he had paid 31 million dollars to Alejandro Toledo through Joseph Maiman and that when Alan Garcia found out he made it known that he would not investigate, but instead asked for his cut and that he did this through his associate Luis Nava and his son. The main case on which information has been now confirmed concerns the building of the Lima metro, and construction giant Jose Graña, who was earlier in prison but now free, has been implicated once again.
Another politician who is heavily involved is former Lima Mayor Susana Villarán who received three million for the campaign against her ousting in 2014. The information seems to be enough for a formal case to be opened against her and it is rumoured that the prosecution will ask for her detention soon. Former Mayor Luis Castañeda is also expected to be in legal trouble soon as Leo Pinheiro from construction company OAS is due to start his testimony, but because the former agreement has yet to be signed all his information will remain under reserve.
Even though the apristas have tried to frame the information in such way as to seem positive to their leader, and in the context of his death, there is still much appetite for the investigation to continue and a desire to achieve justice.