Peruvian judges to head to Brazil for Odebrecht case

Peru's National Anti-Corruption System judges will travel to Brazil to continue with inquiries into Odebrecht and other corruption cases related to Brazilian firms, said Judge Susana Castañeda, Coordinator of this Judicial Body.

According to Castañeda, said trip is slated for after March 31. 

"The trip to Brazil will take place anyway [...] and with more reason following the visit of Brazilian Judge Sergio Moro [to Peru]," she told Andina news agency. 

As is known, Moro led the 'Lava Jato' (Car Wash) case investigation involving Brazil's senior government officials and high-ranking executives.

The new system —composed of 14 judges— will start corresponding duties on the aforementioned date, as well as receive cases from the National Criminal Court. 

For the moment, the group is continuing with the training of judges.

Odebrecht case

As is known, the Brazilian construction giant admitted to having paid bribes worth approximately US$29 million to government officials in Peru, "in order to secure public-works contracts."

As a result, Odebrecht benefited from over US$143 million between 2005 and 2014 in Peru, according to the U.S. Justice Department. 

The period in question covers three previous presidencies: Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006), Alan Garcia (2006-2011) and Ollanta Humala (2011-2016).

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