BOGOTA Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’s 2014 election marketing campaign allegedly received as a lot as $1 million from Brazil’s Odebrecht SA, the country’s attorney common mentioned on Tuesday, as fallout from a huge corruption scandal ongoing.
A portion of some $four.6 billion allegedly paid out by engineering company Odebrecht to Otto Bula Bula, a previous Liberal Get together senator, was specified for the Santos reelection marketing campaign, Colombia’s Legal professional Common Nestor Humberto Martinez mentioned in a assertion.
“It has been set up that of that quantity, in 2014 Mr. Otto Bula sent two transfers to Colombia, which were being cashed at the time, for $1 million, and whose final beneficiary was the marketing campaign management of “Santos for President – 2014,” he mentioned.
The president’s marketing campaign chief Roberto Prieto denied the accusation and Camilo Enciso, the president’s transparency secretary, mentioned the allegations were being untrue.
Phone phone calls to Odebrecht in Sao Paulo went unanswered immediately after several hours.
Bula, who was arrested very last month on fees of bribery and illicit enrichment, was tasked by Odebrecht with making sure a specific variety of increased-priced tolls were being integrated in a contract to make a freeway, Martinez has mentioned.
Bula has denied people fees.
The marketing campaign of Santos’s rival in the election, Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, is also remaining investigated for acquiring funds from Odebrecht. Zuluaga was the candidate for previous President Alvaro Uribe’s suitable-wing Democratic Middle get together.
Odebrecht’s track record has been strike immediately after prosecutors in Brazil unearthed a bribes-for-contracts scandal that has prolonged into other international locations.
U.S. prosecutors allege that Odebrecht paid out hundreds of thousands and thousands of dollars in bribes in affiliation with tasks in 12 international locations, together with Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela, concerning 2002 and 2016.
Prosecutors in Peru on Tuesday asked a judge to get the arrest of previous President Alejandro Toledo for suspected involvement.
(Reporting by Helen Murphy Enhancing by Diane Craft)