Odebrecht, enmeshed in a corruption scandal which has shaken Latin
America’s political establishment, gave millions of dollars to Lima’s
mayor in a recall referendum, Peruvian media reported Thursday. Susana Villaran, a leftist and the first woman to hold the mayor’s post, in 2013 faced the recall vote halfway through her four-year term.
Barata told the IDL Reporters portal, explaining that the firm had a
contract with the municipality of Lima for an urban concession.
we received the call from the same mayor asking for that contribution.
She affirmed the need and importance of continuity,” he reportedly said.
another Brazilian firm, FX, told prosecutors that he received $3
million to advise Villaran, $2 million of which came from Odebrecht, El Comercio newspaper reported on Wednesday. Villaran denied to IDL that she received any money from Odebrecht for the campaign.
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Under investigation by the US Justice Department, Odebrecht agreed in December last year to pay a record $3.5 billion fine after admitting to paying $788 million in bribes across 12 countries to secure contracts.