Mexico’s Pemex says officials to testify in Odebrecht bribery probe

4/5/2017 Reuters

pemexState-owned oil company Pemex said on Wednesday that Mexican prosecutors have called for testimony from Pemex officials in an investigation of a bribery scandal around Brazil-based builder Odebrecht.

Pemex said in a statement that Mexico’s attorney general’s office on April 3 had requested testimony from company officials, whom Pemex did not name, as well as copies of contracts between Pemex, Odebrecht and an affiliated petrochemical company, Braskem.

Odebrecht and Braskem pleaded guilty in late November in a U.S. court to paying officials to help secure lucrative construction contracts in 12 countries.

The Brazilian companies agreed to pay at least $3.5 billion, the largest penalty ever in a foreign bribery case, but that deal potentially opened them to new prosecution in other countries.

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