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A South American response to corruption

Tom Fox | February 21, 2017

The Odebrecht case involved bribery and corruption allegations reaching multiple countries throughout the Americas. Now reports indicate that officials from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Mexico, Peru, and even the notoriously corrupt Venezuela, along with the European nation of Portugal, have agreed to “start a combined task force with bilateral and multilateral investigative teams to coordinate a probe” of the company.

As with all corruption investigations in Brazil, they draw back to the origination in Operation Car Wash, the investigation of the Brazilian energy giant Petrobras and its systemic bribery and corruption over a period of year. Odebrecht was tied at the hip with Petrobras in this corruption, and this portion of the investigation will review the conduct of other construction companies which did business with both...

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