The Panamanian attorney general’s office will ask a judge to order Odebrecht to pay fines due in 2019 and 2020 after the corruption-ensnared Brazilian conglomerate failed to pay, prosecutor Anilu Batista said on Friday.
Panamanian authorities fined Odebrecht in 2017 for paying bribes in exchange for construction contracts in the Central American country.
The company owes more than US$35.5 million, a judicial source at the attorney general’s office said. Odebrecht did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Odebrecht had made the payments for 2017 and 2018 as well as an advance of US$1.1 million for 2019, the source said.
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