Brazil's Lava Jato corruption investigation team is negotiating leniency agreements with the former heads of local engineering conglomerates Odebrecht and OAS that could lead to information regarding possible corruption in more than 45bn reais (US$13.3bn) in airport infrastructure works.

The federal police has already found evidence of wrongdoings in six international airport concessions awarded from 2011 to 2013, and are seeking testimony from former Odebrecht CEO, Marcelo Odebrecht, and former OAS CEO, Léo Pinheiro, news service Agência Estado reported.

Both have been arrested for corruption as part of the Lava Jato investigation.

The six airports are São Gonçales de Amarante (Rio Grande do Norte state) awarded in 2011Guarulhos and Viracopos (São Paulo state), and Brasília which were awarded in 2012; (Rio de Janeiro state) and Confins (Minas Gerais state), awarded in 2013.

The concession holders of Guarulhos and Galeão have refused to comment on the matter. Guarulhos is operated by Invepar, in which OAS previously owned shares; Galeão is operated by Odebrecht Transport of the Odebrecht group.

Guarulhos international airport (CREDIT: federal government).


Source: BNamericas