Brazilian Comptroller would investigate OAS contracts in Bolivia

Los Tiempos reports:

Brazilian Comptroller would investigate OAS contracts in Bolivia

Screen Shot 2016-03-15 at 11.23.16 AMThe head of the bloc of Democratic Unity (UD), Arturo Murillo, yesterday [03/14/2016] asked the vice president of the Court of Accounts of the Union (Controller) of the Republic of Brazil, Julio Marcelo de Oliveira, the investigation of the lucrative contracts signed by OAS, the Brazilian company in Bolivia, where there may be possible presumed acts of corruption.

“Following the meeting of at least one hour with Mr. Oliveira, who investigates allegations of corruption of Petrobras and OAS in Brazil, the Brazilian authorities expressed interest to investigate the contracts of the OAS in the Bolivian State, where there are suspicions irregularities in the award of roadworks in Bolivia,” Murillo said from the city of Brasilia, quoted in a UN press release.

In November 2011, the former president of the National Road Service, now Bolivia Highway Administration (ABC), Jose Maria Bakovic, warned of a possible act of corruption in the contract with the OAS to build the road Villa Tunari-San Ignacio Moxos, since the cost of that road would be around $200 million, but the contract contained a price of $415 million dollars and unpaved.

Murillo said that Oliveira asked Bolivia to provide the contracts signed between the Brazilian company and the Bolivian State in order to reveal if there was a case of corruption.

In 2008, the Brazilian company was awarded the works of the sections I and III of the road designed to pass through the Indigenous Territory and Isiboro Secure National Park (TIPNIS) for $415 million dollars, of which $332 million would be financed by the National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES) of Brazil and the rest was Bolivian counterpart.

In 2011, an indigenous march paralyzed the works.

An alluded relationship between Evo with OAS

The Chilean newspaper La Tercera, published on Sunday a report that notes that in July 2013, the presidential candidate of the Progressive Party (PRO) of Chile, Marco Enríquez-Ominami, used a jet of the Brazilian OAS for his campaign and even traveled to Sao Paulo on that plane with two of the top executives of OAS (Augusto César Ferreira and Uzeda and Augusto César de Souza Fonseca). Ferreira and Uzeda are being investigated for their relations with the president of Brazil, Lula da Silva, in the case Lava Jato and, according to the note, “he was a friend” of President Evo Morales and close to the former president of the PT (Brazil), José Dirceu,” involved in a corruption scandal.

“The practice of Brazilian businessmen to finance political activities, was apparently usual,” says the report.

There is increasing evidence that this government is fully immersed in corruption!

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