Former Odebrecht VP found dead in Rio de Janeiro

A former top Odebrecht executive Henrique Valladares was found dead in his Rio de Janeiro apartment after cutting a deal with state prosecutors to provide confessions and accomplices of the company’s systemic corruption to buy out politicians in return for public works projects.

Among other confessions, Valladares said he approved the illegal contribution of 50 million Brazilian reais (about US$12.5 million) in foreign accounts to then-Senator Aecio Neves, who was defeated by Dilma Rousseff in the second round of the 2014 presidential elections.

The deceased VP also accused the former Minister of Mines and Energy, Edison Lobao, of accepting bribes in exchange for public contracts in the energy sector. According to Valladares, Lobao demanded a bribe from the company to construct the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant.

Medical officials performed an autopsy on the body of Valladares, but failed to establish his mode of death, which was pronounced as «indeterminate.» According to the police, his body is now with family members.

Sources: EFE, teleSUR.

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