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File photo / The attorney general of Mozambique revealed that the Brazilian public prosecutor's office alleged it has a confidentiality agreement with Odebrecht
The Federal Public Ministry of Brazil has refused to provide information to the attorney general of Mozambique (PGR) with information about the payment of bribes to high-ranking Mozambican officials by the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.
“We have judicial cooperation mechanisms with Brazil but the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office has informed us that it is impossible to provide information due to a confidentiality agreement with Odebrecht,” Attorney General Beatriz Buchili revealed in answers to deputies question in the Assembly of the Republic on Thursday.
The Brazilian authorities justified their decision with a confidentiality agreement with Odebrecht said to remain in force until June.
Last year a U.S. judge fined the Brazilian company US$2.6 million fine for corruption in 12 countries, including Angola and Mozambique.
Last week, Brazil was “shaken” by statements by 77 former Odebrecht directors revealing the various corruption schemes to the ‘Clean Hands’ operation.
On Wednesday, 19, in its annual report to the Assembly of the Republic, Buchilli revealed that three people, whose names she did not reveal, had been formally named [made ‘arguidos’] in a corruption case concerning the purchase of two Embraer aircraft by Mozambique Airlines.
An investigation in the U.S. indicated that Embraer paid US$800,000 to two Mozambicans to secure the sale of the two aircraft between 2008 and 2010.Source: Voa Portugues