President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski had to declare the USD 782,000 Odebrecht paid to a firm of his (Westfield).
In the middle of all the hassle created by the humanitarian pardon he granted to former president Alberto Fujimori on Christmas Eve, current President PPK had to face an interrogation about the case for which he was almost vacated from his position last week during an extraordinary session at the Congress.
Public Prosecutor Hamilton Castro arrived yesterday in the Government Palace to interrogate President PPK. He arrived at 9:30 a. m. as agreed, accompanied by a team of prosecutors.
In his declaration, PPK clarified all questions asked about the enterprises such as First Capital Partners and Latin American Enterprise Fund Managers regarding the payments they received from Odebrecht. The interrogation lasted a total of 4 hours.
It is worth noting that in the past, President PPK has denied any kind of relationship with Odebrecht in his campaign when running for head of state of Peru in 2016. Marcelo Odebrecht and hints found on his cell phone have led to allegations of possible financial participation for Peruvian politicians’ campaigns, and one of the most controversial rumor-triggers was a text found referring to Keiko Fujimori.
The Lava Jato Commission reported that Westfield Capital, one of the enterprises owned by PPK, received more than USD 782,000 from 2004 to 2007 while First Capital received more than USD 4 million from Odebrecht between 2005 and 2013.