COLOMBIA: Colombian Businessman Is First Convicted In Odebrecht Case

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The Colombian businessman Enrique Ghisays was sentenced to seven years in prison for money laundering and illicit enrichment. He is the first person formally convicted in Colombia in the Odebrecht corruption case.

According to the court, Ghisays lent its bank accounts for the entry of US$ 6.5 million sent by Brazil’s Odebrecht to secure the delivery of road contracts in the Ruta del Sol II project. This money was “collected” by Gabriel Garcia Morales, the National Institute of Concessions’ director at the time. He is also a former-vice-minister of Transport.

According to the investigation by the Colombian Attorney General, both Enrique and his brother Eduardo Ghisays, also arrested, lent their company Lurion Trading to “legalize” the money received from the Brazilian firm. For this illegal act, the brothers Ghisays Manzur collected US$ 750,000.

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