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Weekly Report - 02 May 2019 (WR-19-17)

PERU: Getting to the bottom of Odebrecht corruption

“The Peruvian people want to know the truth.” This was how President Martín Vizcarra responded when asked if the authorities remain committed to advancing the judicial investigations into the widespread government and political corruption scheme run by the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht in Peru. The so-called ‘Lava Jato’ investigations have generated political turmoil in the country as evidence implicating ever-more prominent politicians and businesspeople in the scandal materialises. Questions over whether the investigations are producing more harm than good resurfaced last week after the police tried to arrest former president Alan García (1985-1990; 2006-2011) only for him to commit suicide [WR-19-16]. The Vizcarra government is under pressure to explain why uncovering the whole truth about the scandal remains necessary.

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