Authorities inch closer to revealing Odebrecht colluders

Details of people involved in Mexico’s Odebrecht case edge closer to being revealed as the country’s top officials call for the Attorney General’s Office, better known as the PGR, to release the names of officials which are under investigation.

The organisation had recently refused to disclose the details of the case or information as to who is involved, arguing that it would tarnish the names of the individuals in question.

The Odebrecht investigation relates to ongoing investigations across a number of countries into bribery that has seeped into countless Latin American governments.

It has led to the impeachments of presidents and pulled governments into disarray over high-profile bribery in countries such as Peru and Colombia. According to the New York Times, the Brazilian company even bought a bank branch in an attempt to conceal transactions. As a result of the extensive bribery, the company was able to build wide-scale, government-funded constructions such as motorways, dams, bridges and even power plants.

Earlier this year it was reported that Mexican officials had gathered enough evidence to charge a number of prominent officials over the Odebrecht bribery scandal, however, so far, the country has chosen not to do so. According to reports from June, there were two ongoing federal investigations into bribery in Mexico, yet sources suggested that the people involved were not named due to risks it would damage the upcoming election. Now, five months later and with a new political party set to take the seat of power by next week, still the investigations have remained silent. It joins just one other country, Venezuela, who is not appearing to investigate the scandal.

By October, official demands by the National Institute Plenary of Access to Information had demanded that the Attorney General’s Office release the information as it is in the public interest, however stalling had continued in the past few months.

This week Animal Politico has suggested that the PGR will now be forced to disclose the names of officials involved with the scandal as well ass information about the people testifying in the case.  

As a result, the filing was escalated in the ranks of the Instituto Nacional de Transparencia, Acceso a la Información y Protección de Datos Personales (National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data) who have since reviewed the appeal and decided that revealing thee names is in the interest of Mexico’s larger society.

Recently the organisation’s commissioning president, Francisco Javier Acuna Llamas, also spoke out about the disgraceful amount of impunity that currently dogs the Odebrecht investigation in Mexico, whilst also pointing out that the group is not responsible for punishing such corruptions.

He suggested hopes that the new PGR leaders will heed to increasing pressures to release the information, in a bid to eradicate several elements of corruption that many fear has grown to vast heights within the government over countless decades. 

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