Posted On 20 Jun 2017
Prosecutor Diana Salazar, of the Unit for Transparency and Fight against Corruption, is requesting criminal assistance to Brazil to “collect important elements that may be useful” in the investigation against Odebrecht and its corruption scheme in Ecuador. The investigator warns that “illegal payments would have been made from accounts controlled by the construction company to public officials and individuals, in order to obtain contracts with the State.”
She ensures that the suspects possibly acted under a structure identified internationally as an organized criminal organization. According to data from the Office of the Prosecutor, those who would have known these illegal acts are Jose Conceicao Santos, Fabio Andreanni Gandolfo, and Fernando Fernandes Meias Bessa, who were senior Odebrecht executives in Ecuador.
Precisely for this reason, Salazar asked Brazil to “provide the necessary facilities to obtain the declarations” of the three former directors and, if possible, that the proceedings take place between June 5 and 9. The prosecutor traveled to Brazil that week.
Currently, Santos, Andreanni Gandolfo, and Fernandes Bessa are members of the list of 78 former executives who decided to provide information in exchange for minor penalties.