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Brazil’s Odebrecht paid Colombian rebels protection money, reports magazine

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President Medina had said that the current Odebrecht bribery scandal has generated ill will in Dominican society. (AP Photo/File)

Brazil’s scandal-ridden construction giant Odebrecht paid FARC guerrillas hundreds of thousands of dollars to refrain from attacking their Colombian construction sites, a Brazilian magazine reported Sunday. Two company executives acknowledged during a corruption probe in Brazil that Odebrecht made payments of between USD 50,000 and USD 100,000 a month in exchange for “permits” to build in territory held by the Colombian rebels, the weekly Veja reported. Odebrecht began the payments in the 1990s after Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas kidnapped two Odebrecht executives.

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