Argentina is investigating whether the local unit of Odebrecht paid bribes to government officials, an Argentine prosecutor said on Wednesday, deepening the regional fallout from the biggest corruption scandal in Brazil’s history.
The probe laid out by Sergio Rodriguez, the lead prosecutor on public administration investigations, is a further sign of international cooperation in a case that saw a Brazilian court on Tuesday hand down a 19-year prison sentence to the company’s former chief executive officer, Marcelo Odebrecht.
“An investigation is underway,” Rodriguez said in an interview. “We’re looking to determine whether the cartel manoeuvres witnessed in Brazil were replicated here in some form. Odebrecht is one of those implicated.”
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