Colombia

Both guerilla and President Santos ‘bribed’ by Odebrecht in Colombia, prosecutor says

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos and Marxist FARC rebel leader Rodrigo Londonoin Bogota, Colombia November 24, 2016.
Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos and Marxist FARC rebel leader Rodrigo Londonoin Bogota, Colombia November 24, 2016. (Reuters)

The corruption scandal involving the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht is spreading its tentacles in Colombia, where both the president and the guerilla are being accused of receiving “contributions” in exchange for favors and protection respectively.

According to Chief Prosecutor Nestor Humberto Martinez, Odebrecht paid $1 million for an opinion poll carried out during President Juan Manuel Santos’ re-election campaign in 2014. He said the company’s goal was to curry favor with the Santos government to help it win a $100 million arbitration involving disputes over a highway project.

Santos, who was awarded the Peace Nobel Prize for a deal reached with FARC, a drug trafficking guerilla, has not commented on the issue yet.

The president’s association with Odebrecht is bound to further damage him with elections 14 months away…

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