Maduro approves the resources to complete the unfinished works of Odebrecht

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Caracas, Sep 28 (EFE) .- The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, approved this Tuesday more than 15 million euros (about 17.5 million dollars) “in cash” to complete works on the transportation system of the Caribbean country that the Brazilian company Odebrecht did not end.

“I have approved more than 15 million euros in cash to restart the work of line 5 (of the Caracas Metro), give continuity and advance in the consolidation of this first section of the Rental-Bello Monte Zone (…) with national engineering, “said the president in an address broadcast by the state channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV).

Maduro also announced the approval of 15,932,000 euros, also in cash, to reactivate the Guarenas-Guatire train project, cities near Caracas, which were “illegally abandoned by Odebrecht.”

“I have thought about this and I have dreamed of it, to recover it with national engineering, we have the projects, the layout, the materials and the working class. Odebrecht would throw dirt in your eyes, as they are the only ones who can build an elevated , a tower, that we can do and complete all that way, “he said.

In March 2018, two months before the presidential elections, Maduro assured that the unfinished works left by Odebrecht would be completed and asked, at that time, former Vice President Tareck El Aissami to hand them over to the governors so that they could be resumed with “social labor. “.

“We are going to finish them, look for the best builders in the country (…) everything that Odebrecht was doing was doing with subcontracted companies, or am I lying? Then we are going to finish them. It is an order that I am giving to the executive vice president.” said Maduro, who in February 2017 had indicated that he would finish these works.

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According to documents released by the US Department of Justice on December 21, 2016, Odebrecht paid approximately $ 788 million in bribes in 12 countries in Latin America and Africa.

According to those documents, the payments were made in relation to “more than 100 projects in 12 countries including: Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Mozambique, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.”

Documents from the Western District Court of New York state that the Brazilian company paid some $ 98 million in Venezuela, between 2006 and 2015, to “government officials and intermediaries” to “obtain and retain public works contracts.”

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