Santo Domingo.- The Justice Ministry revealed Tuesday that it continues to gather information through various channels into the alleged US$92.0 million bribe paid by Brazilian company Odebrecht to Dominican officials to obtain contracts in the country as US, Brazil and Switzerland authorities have revealed.
It said a team of Anticorruption Office (PEPCA) forensic auditors analyzes documents relating to the Brazilian company supplied by the Public Works Ministry, the aqueducts and reservoirs agency (INAPA) and Stat-owned electric utility (CDEEE).
"The objective is to identify the people who in the Dominican Republic could be involved in these alleged illegalities, for which it's essential to have the evidence to support eventual accusations of corruption brought before a judicial body," it said in a statement.
The Justice Ministry adds that Odebrecht's local general manager Marcelo Hofke, who was out of the country, was called for questioning on January 10.
"Dominican society can be assured that everything will be done to clarify what has happened. If it's determined that there was fraud, those responsible, regardless of position or militancy, will have to respond to justice. If it's confirmed that the State has been harmed, we will also make sure that it is duly compensated."