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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.

12 thoughts on “Attorney General opens bribery investigation of Chinese construction company projects

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. I have nothing to do with “SW,” Katheryn. And for the record, I have lived in Ecuador for nearly a decade. BTW, the gracious thing to do when you are corrected, is to say, “thank-you.” It would appear you are not so gracious. I can’t really say I’m too surprised! LOL.

          1. To find the need to quibble over such trivial things tells me what you are about. LOL It’s a shame that this nonsense that goes on on these sites is indicative of the world today. Such a pity when there are so many problems and issues to be concerned with. Some of you on this site should be ashamed of your childish insulting way to act on forum that was created to help people who are thinking of moving there or just wanting to help make improvements. You and many others on this site do not even attempt to accomplish this. LOL to you.

    2. 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.

      1. Government corruption is in every country, city and county in the USA and elsewhere. I would feel so good if you could show me that this is not the truth. Sad. There is only one to trust and who has the power to make the difference.

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