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4:19, 16 November 2017

Peru: President Kuczynski denies Odebrecht bribe allegations

Peru: President Kuczynski denies Odebrecht bribe allegations

  • 16 November 2017
  • From the section Latin America &amp Caribbean
Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski gets into his car at the Da Nang International airport ahead of the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit (APEC) in Da Nang, Vietnam, 09 November 2017.Image copyright EPA
Image caption Mr Kuczynski took workplace in July 2016

Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has denied getting any campaign donations or bribes from the Brazilian building giant, Odebrecht.

In a statement broadcast on national television, Mr Kuczynski also rejected claims that he had been hired as a consultant a decade ago.

The allegations have been created by the firm’s former president, Marcelo Odebrecht.

The business has been implicated in corruption circumstances in several Latin American nations.

Marcelo Odebrecht, who is serving a 19-year jail sentence in Brazil, has agreed to cooperate with a major international corruption investigation in exchange for a more lenient sentence.

‘All fight corruption’

He mentioned Mr Kuczynski had been hired as a consultant in Peru a decade ago, soon after standing down as finance minister.

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He also told prosecutors that the construction organization had paid $ 29m (£22m) in bribes to Peruvian officials over many years.

Mr Kuczynski, 79, mentioned the allegations were false.

«I did not receive any assistance from that company in either of my two electoral campaigns,» said Mr Kuczynski.

«It is vital that we all fight corruption, and I am committed to that fight,» he added.

Peru is one particular of many countries allegedly caught up in the web of corruption spun by Odebrecht.

The company has admitted paying bribes to safe profitable contracts across Latin America and Africa.

Former Peruvian presidents Ollanta Humala and Alejandro Toledo are below investigation. Mr Humala and wife Nadine Heredia have been place in pre-trial detention for 18 months. Mr Toledo fled to the US, and, like Mr Humala, denies wrongdoing.

On Tuesday, a judge in Ecuador ordered that Vice-President Jorge Glas stand trial over corruption allegations.

Prosecutors accuse Mr Glas, who was arrested on two October, of taking $ 13.5m (£10.2m) in bribes from the Brazilian construction giant. He denies the allegations.

In Brazil, President Michel Temer and a single third of his cabinet are facing allegations. Mr Temer has also denied any wrongdoing.

BBC News — World

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