Prosecutor: More Olympic projects under investigation for corruption

Wednesday April 20th, 2016

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An investigation into corruption in Brazil will target more infrastructure projects for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio, federal prosecutor Carlos Lima told Reuters in an interview on Monday.

The investigation is not restricted to Porto Maravilha, which is a reconstruction of Rio’s waterfront. 

“There are more,” Lima said. “There are leniency agreements underway that talk about this, but until they are finalized we will not know how many [projects] for sure.”

The corruption investigation is not expected to derail the infrastructure projects, which have almost been completed in preparation for the Games. 

Lima is currently the lead prosecutor on the task force that uncovered a cartel of engineering firms illegally transferring payments from state oil firm Petrobras to political parties. 

On Sunday, the lower house of Brazil’s Congress voted to impeach president Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff is accused of manipulating budgets to overspend and ensure her re-election in 2014. 

All five engineering firms responsible for building the infrastructure for the Olympics are currently under investigation for price fixing at Petrobras.

Last month, court files revealed documents from executives at Latin America’s largest engineering conglomerate Odebrecht that referenced illegal payments in connection to Porto Maravilha. According to Reuters, Odebrecht is also involved in more than half of the Rio Olympics infrastructure projects.


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