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The Prosecutor's Office charges an ex-official in charge of bidding for a gas pipeline in 2014

Peruvian prosecutor Reinaldo Abia accused the former president of the pro-investment committee Edgar Ramírez, in charge of the bidding of the Peruvian Southern Gas Pipeline in favor of the consortium Brazilian Odebrecht in 2014, for aggravated collusion and incompatible negotiation, according to reports in Lima today.

Lima, Aug 23 (EFE) .- Peruvian prosecutor Reinaldo Abia accused the former president of the Proinversion committee Edgar Ramírez, in charge of the bidding of the Peruvian Southern Gas Pipeline in favor of the consortium Integrated by Brazil's Odebrecht in 2014, for aggravated collusion and incompatible negotiation, reported today in Lima.

The prosecutor also accused for collusion incompatible with Claudia Hokama, as a former legal representative of Odebrecht, and asked for both 7 and 6 years' imprisonment respectively.

According to the indictment, published by the newspaper El Comercio, The Peruvian prosecutor accused Ramírez of having arranged with Hokama to award him the gas pipeline in 2014, during the government of former president Ollanta Humala, who is in pre-trial detention for having Received an alleged contribution of $ 3 million from Odebrecht.

The coordinations between Ramirez and Hokama included the "development of actions prior and strategically ("Sempra, GDF Suez, Techint and TGI"), resulting in an economic loss to the State, rising to 136 Millions of dollars, "the prosecution added.

Ramirez also provided private consulting and consultancy services to Proinversión and the Supervisory Agency for Energy Investment and (Osinergmin) in the years prior to the gas pipeline tender, and before taking the position at the state bureau responsible for public contracts.

Odebrecht on gas issues and tariff regulation two years before this company obtains the gas pipeline tender.

One of the witnesses cited by prosecutor Abia is the ex-president of Odebrecht in Argentina Flavio Bento de Faria, who said he met Ramirez in 2008 as a representative of Kuntur, the first company to link with the gas project in the second government Of Alan García (2006-2011)

For his part, an effective prosecutor said that in 2014 it was decided to change the chairman of the committee in charge of the pipeline tender, on request Of the then Odebrecht manager in Peru Jorge Barata, and was placed in the position to Ramirez.

The project was awarded to the consortium led by Odebrecht and the Spanish company Enagás on 30 June of 2014 and the contract, whose value of investment was of 7.328 million dollars, was subscribed the 23 of July of that year, during the Government of Humala.

The South Peruvian Gas Pipeline Was to build, operate and maintain a natural gas transportation system for more than 1,080 kilometers, from the Camisea site in the southern Andes of Peru to the port Of Ilo, in a private concession of 34 years.

However, following the Odebrecht corruption scandal, the Peruvian government resolved in January to terminate the concession because Consortium commissioned failed to demonstrate that it has the necessary funding to complete the work.

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