Odebrecht executive spills (more) beans

06 October 2018

Carlos Notre, Odebrecht’s director for contracts at the time tenders were issued for construction of the Lima metro, has provided more detail of the bribes paid to secure this lucrative contract. He did so in Curitiba in an interview with Peru’s prosecutor José Domingo Pérez. 

He is quoted as saying that Odebrecht paid in bribes more than US$24 million dollars, payments recorded in the company accounts as “additional risks”. A total of US$6.9 million was paid for the first tranche of the project to the then vice-minister of communications (under the Garcia government) Jorge Cuba and to members of the selection committee. US$17.5 million were paid for the second tranche to Cuba and others on the selection and evaluation committees.

He is also quoted as saying, in response to a question as to whether Alan García and the then minister of transport and communications Enrique Cornejo were the recipients of this money, that he could neither deny nor corroborate this. Nostre, who was in charge of the project between 2008 and 2015, stated that Cuba had responsibility for the bid though, as vice-minister, he was not the official competent to do so.

Notre denies handing any bribe to García or Cornejo but affirmed that it was Jorge Barata who handled these relationships. Both García and Cornejo deny receiving bribes. Cuba is in jail for his part in the affair. Quick to respond to these new revelations, García said on Twitter that Cuba should “pay the highest price” for the damage he had done “to the image of the most important public works project done for the benefit of the people”.

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