Peru Says Odebrecht Scandal Eclipses Graft in Fujimori Government

From Voice of AmericaA scandal involving bribes Brazil’s Odebrecht distributed in Peru during three presidencies is shaping up to be bigger than the massive graft case that toppled former leader Alberto Fujimori, the country’s attorney general said on Wednesday.

Asking for patience from Peruvians eager to know the names of officials who took $29 million in bribes from Odebrecht, Pablo Sanchez said prosecutors were working hard to capture any “big fish” involved.

“This is a very big case, I dare to say it’s even bigger than the one we dealt with before,” Attorney General Pablo Sanchez told reporters in reference to graft in Fujimori’s government.

Fujimori extradited to Peru

Fujimori fled Peru for Japan in 2000 as prosecutors probed years of corrupt deals that his spy chief Vladimir Montesinos had hashed out with judges, lawmakers and businessmen. Fujimori was eventually extradited to Peru where he has received several sentences for corruption and human rights abuses.

Jose Ugaz, the special attorney who led the inquiry and the current head of anti-graft group Transparency International, has described the extent of graft in Fujimori’s government as unique because it had captured entire institutions. …

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