The Special Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office , which is investigating the Odebrecht case, ordered the investigation of the businessmen Fotis Lymberópulos , and Rodrigo Rod Díaz , to make a statement in this case.
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Zuleyka Moore , one of the prosecutors in this proceeding, is investigating Lymberópulos and Díaz for the alleged commission of the crime of money laundering, sources with the Public Ministry said . Both employers are outside the country, according to reports from the prosecution.
They are linked to companies that, according to the file, would have received payments of bribes from Odebrecht, coming from the Madden-Colón highway project and from the coastal strip.
Lymberópulos and Rod Díaz, linked to the Odebrecht case
The Special Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, which investigates the bribes paid by Odebrecht in Panama, ordered the investigation of new people linked to the plot. These are the businessmen Fotis Lymberópulos and Rodrigo Rod Díaz.
The two, according to sources of the Public Ministry, were charged with the alleged commission of the crime of money laundering. However, Lymberópulos, an entrepreneur in the fishing sector, is out of the country, according to information handled by the prosecution.
For this case, Lymberópulos filed an appeal not to be arrested, but then gave up.
While Diaz’s attorney, Pedro Meilán , informed the Public Prosecutor that his client is in the United States, and that he would return to the country on an April date – which has already happened – and until now that has not materialized. For this, the Public Ministry does not rule out turning an office to Interpol to issue a red alert and thus know the whereabouts of Diaz. In a telephone conversation with this medium, Meilán said he could not talk about his client’s case, because “it’s confidential.” “It is a file that is reserved,” he added.
What are the links of Lymberópulos and Díaz, with the case?
The prosecutor’s office has hints of eight payments made between April and May 2007 – drawn against funds from the “Madden-Colón highway” – that would have been transferred to the foreign company Marpesca Seatrade LLC (linked to Lymberópulos). In total, it is $ 1.4 million.
While between June 2007 and February 2008, another 11 payments totaling $ 3 million dollars were made, with funds that left the Madden-Colón highway, to the World Securities society, linked to Díaz, according to the record .
Payments were also made to Importadora Gulberung: one for $ 180 thousand (coastal tape) in June 2008, and another in August of that same year, for $ 20 thousand (Madden-Colón highway).
The company Beldent International Corp. was also the recipient -on June 6, 2008- of three payments totaling $ 600 thousand that left the Madden-Colón highway.
Between January and October 2009 – months before and after the general elections, in which the Ricardo Martinelli-Juan Carlos Varela winner was elected, another 11 payments were made, with amounts ranging between $ 200 thousand and $ 450 thousand, against funds from the Madden-Colón highway and the coastal strip. A total of 3 million 150 thousand dollars, received in full by the company Caribbean Holding Services.
Another society benefited with eight payments totaling 1.3 million dollars -made between March and May 2007- was Vernell Development Corp.