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Weekly Report - 21 March 2019 (WR-19-11)

PERU: Odebrecht investigations stoke tensions

The long-running investigations into official corruption centred around the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht are still causing political division and tensions in Peru. The clearest example of this came this week when the anti-corruption prosecutor, Jose Domingo Pérez, was physically attacked by a mob after he once again attempted to question the jailed leader of the main opposition Fuerza Popular (FP, Fujimoristas), Keiko Fujimori, over the accusations that she received illegal campaign financing from Odebrecht. The episode suggests that as the Odebrecht investigations come to a head after the Brazilian firm signed an ‘effective collaboration’ plea-bargaining agreement with Peruvian prosecutors, the political environment in Peru could once again turn volatile.

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