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Attorney General opens bribery investigation of Chinese construction company projects

Ecuador Attorney General Carlos Baca said Monday that a Chinese construction firm may have paid bribes to Ecuadorian government officials. The investigation of China International Water and Electric (CWE) stems from testimony in the Odebrecht bribery case, he said.

The Toachi-Pilatón hydroelectric dam.

CWE was the primary contractor for the Toachi-Pilatón hydroelectric plant in Santo Domingo Province, a flood control project in Guayas Province, and for housing units at Yachay University in Imbabura Province. According to Baca, prosecutors are reviewing the contracts of those projects.

Suspicions about potential CWE bribes were raised when Odebrecht director José Conceição Santos testified in August that Vice President Jorge Glas demanded a personal payment of one percent of the value of all contracts that he was responsible for. Subsequently, the testimony of other Odebrecht officials repeated Santos’ claim.

“We are actively pursuing this and other information in our effort to uncover corruption wherever it might have occurred,” Baca said.

The exac tvalue of CWE contracts under review is not known, although a prosecutor said that it is over one billion dollars. From 2012 until 2016, the company reported income of $921 million in Ecuador.

  • Katheryn

    The Chinese people in general are honest, polite, hard working, and their integrity is on the top of the list for behavior that is instilled from childhood. However, as the saying goes, “money is the root of all evil”, and I think we are seeing that pretty much everywhere. Greed has a way of insidiously destroying the virtue of integrity and honesty.

    • Nick Vasey

      The saying is NOT “money is the root of all evil.”

      The saying is actually, “the LOVE of money is the root of all evil” … and that makes ALL the difference!

      This is one of the most misquoted things of all time.

      • StillWatching

        Amen

        • Katheryn

          I seriously doubt that God hears “your” prayers. No go have fun trolling.

      • Katheryn

        SW, how many aliases do you have? You’re too much. Give it up, you are nothing but a cyber troll and a disgrace to Ecuador expats. Go take your nappie and you might feel more like a civilized human.

    • EcuBananas

      If you’ve ever been anywhere near the Chinese, you will know that government corruption is very common…at least it was when I lived in Malaysia and Taiwan.

      • Katheryn

        I’d like you to name a place that you personally “know”, that corruption is non-existent.