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Six Dominican politicians and businessmen on trial in Odebretch case

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Six Dominican politicians and businessmen will face trial on Thursday for receiving bribes from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht to illegally award public works tendered between 2002 and 2012.

Topics: Dominica Odebretch

Among those involved are Senator Tommy Galan and former minister of Public Works Victor Diaz, of the ruling Dominican Liberation Party; as well as former president of the Senate Andres Bautista and former senator Roberto Rodriguez, both of the opposition Modern Revolutionary Party.

Lawyer Conrado Pittaluga and businessman Angel Rondon are also accused. Authorities identify them as the receiver and distributor, respectively, of US$92 million in bribe payments.

The six defendants will be tried by judges of the Second Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice at a public hearing on charges of bribery, criminal association, prevarication, embezzlement, illicit enrichment and money laundering. If found guilty after a judicial process that is expected to last several weeks, they could be sentenced to between three and 20 years in prison.

In 2016, Odebrecht paid about US$92 million in bribes in the Dominican Republic to secure a dozen public work contracts, whose budgets total US$3.8 billion.


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