On the first day of interrogations in Curitiba, Brazil, former Odebrecht superintendent in Peru, Jorge Barata, declared that he had direct contact with the Humala and Villarán. He also spoke about donations to candidacies of Kuczynski and Flores Nano, El Comercio revealed yesterday.
The information published by El Comercio said that last Tuesday, Jorge Barata said that he had direct dealings with Ollanta Humala and Nadie Heredia. “He reiterated that the company contributed $3 million US dollars for the 2011 election and that there was later ‘gratitude’ from the former president and his wife”, the media wrote.
That amount would have come from the company’s Structured Operations Department, known as Petty Box 2, which allegedly managed money destined for bribes.
In addition, Barata reported that the contribution of the Brazilian construction company to the Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) campaign was $300,000 US dollars and it was agreed, not directly with the former president, but with the businesswoman Susana de la Puente.
While PPK was President of Peru, De la Puente served as the ambassador of Peru in the United Kingdom. The prosecutor’s office investigates her for alleged money laundering as a result of the aforementioned case.
“According to the testimony of the former Odebrecht executive in Peru, the campaign against the recall of Susana Villarán from the Mayor’s Office of Lima, in 2013, received a contribution of some $3 million US dollars from the firm”, El Comercio said.
Finally, lawyer Lourdes Flores Nano was also mentioned by Jorge Barata. According to him, Odebrecht made contributions to the campaign of the leader of the Popular Christian Party (PPC), as pointed out by Raymundo Trindade Serra, former institutional relations manager of the construction company, last February before Peruvian prosecutors in Curitiba.
Trindade Serra affirmed that the company delivered between $10,000 and $15,000 US dollars for Flores Nano’s presidential campaign in 2006.