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Mauricio Dantas Bezerra / El Nuevo Diario

The US$92 million bribes scandal resumed on Friday in Santo Domingo. The case is being televised and streamed but on Friday, 8 January 2021, the testimony of Mauricio Dantas Bezerra, the Odebrecht construction firm legal officer who signed the US$184 million penalty deal with the Dominican government, was not aired at a request of the defendants.

Listin Diario reports that Bezerra said Odebrecht commercial representative Angel Rondón, lawyer Conrado Pittaluga and former Minister of Public Works Víctor Díaz Rúa received the bribes. A US court determined Odebrecht paid bribes for US$92 million to obtain government construction contracts.

The executive added that Odebrecht used a scheme of “offshore accounts,” such as Consultora del Sur and Landfield, through which payments were made on behalf of the company...

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