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A court in Ecuador accepts the Attorney General's request and blocks payments to Odebrecht

A Court of Criminal Guarantees of Ecuador today accepted a request from the Prosecutor's Office to block pending payments to the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht while the investigations last On the plot of bribes to public officials.

Quito, March 1 (EFE) .- A Court of Criminal Guarantees of Ecuador today accepted a request from the Prosecutor's Office to block pending payments to the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht while Investigations into the plot of bribes to public officials.

Judge of Criminal Guarantees Gustavo Brito accepted the tax petition and ordered that the Pacific Refinery and The Public Water Company refrain from paying more than 40 million dollars to Odebrecht.

The judge ordered the blocking of such payments during the investigation by suspects Bribes to public officials by that Brazilian company.

In an "urgent act", the Ecuadorian Attorney's Office requested that the Pacific Refinery and the Company be ordered Public Water, who have contracts with the Brazilian construction company, that "refrain from making any type of payment."

"Accounts payable that have these two outstanding Companies with Odebrecht total more than 40 million dollars, "the Public Prosecutor said in a statement, saying that the prosecutor of the case, Wilson Toainga, had taken this afternoon The petition.

The purpose of this petition is "to guarantee possible compensation for the Brazilian construction company", if it is considered that it delivered bribes in Ecuador for 33.5 million "This is the second urgent act requested by the Office of the Prosecutor in this case," since the past December 30, a judge accepted a petition to prohibit the signing of new contracts with the Brazilian company, while the investigations last.

The Ecuadorian Prosecutor's Office Initiated an investigation into the Odebrecht case on December 22, 2016, a day after the United States disseminated information on alleged bribery.

As part of Investigations, the Ecuadorian Prosecutor's Office led searches at Odebrecht's offices, where documents and computer equipment were seized and statements were made to employees of the Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the United States, Brazil and the United States.

Portugal, Venezuela and Venezuela on the Odebrecht case.

He recalled that a joint investigation agreement was also established with the United States, Which has also requested criminal assistance to Brazil, Switzerland and Spain.

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