Odebrecht to Pay $220 million to Panama

In an agreement with the Panamanian Public Ministry, the Brazilian construction company has committed to delivering all of the information related to Panama and paying a fine of $220 million.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

From a statement issued by the Public Ministry of Panama:

August 1, 2017. - On Wednesday, July 26 of this year, the Public Ministry of the Republic of Panama signed an EFFECTIVE COLLABORATION agreement with ODEBRECHT, in compliance with Law 121 of December 31, 2013 (Law on Organized Crime), Act 15 of May 10, 2015 (Act adopting the United Nations Convention against Corruption) and Law 4 of February 17, 2017 (Law on Agreements on Penalty and Effective Collaboration in the Inquiry- Mixed System).

This EFFECTIVE COLLABORATION agreement is in addition to the efforts made by the Public Prosecutor's Office, when, since September of 2015, has carried out investigations into the Odebrecht Case, in compliance with the Constitution and the Law, and from that moment to date:

  •  26 investigations, including into projects carried out by ODEBRECHT during the 2004-2009 government periods; 2009-2014 and those of the current government. 
  • 43 persons indicted: 24 Panamanians (ex-ministers and relatives of senior officials of the past and current government), 13 Brazilians, 1 American, 1 Peruvian, 1 Uruguayan, 1 British and 2 Andorrans. 
  • More than 56 million dollars, between assets and money, apprehended, as well as some located in other jurisdictions.
  • 49 Applications for International Assistance. (Brazil, the USA, Switzerland, Andorra, Spain, the Bahamas, Antigua and Barbados, the Virgin Islands, Mexico, Guatemala, Uruguay. 
  • 2 Red Alerts, with arrest warrants for extradition purposes. 

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