Panama: Proposal to Audit Odebrecht's Works

The Attorney General has requested investigating whether there were cost overruns in the works in the country awarded to the construction firm which is accused of corruption by the Brazilian justice system.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Attorney General's Office has asked the Comptroller General of the Republic of Panama for an audit of the prime contractor for the Panamanian government, Odebrecht, in order to know "in detail" about the contracts awarded to the Brazilian construction firm, where the works amount to $9, billion, reported . The prosecutor Rigoberto Gonzalez intends to audit both the works already delivered and those which are still running.

See also: "Former President of Odebrecht Convicted"

"... I consider it administratively appropriate that investigations be carried out to determine the committing or not of alleged actions outside legal and conventional procedures governing the matter and which may possibly have affected public property , " Gonzalez wrote. "

See: "They Veto on Corrupt Companies Proposed" (In Spanish)

"... The prosecutor also asked the President of the Assembly, Ruben De Leon, to introduce amendments to the draft reforming the public procurement law in order to prevent companies or persons convicted in Panama "or in any other State" of laundering, terrorism or crimes of economic order and against public faith, to do business with the government. "

See: Original letter from Attorney General sent to the Comptroller of the Republic of Panama (In Spanish)

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