BRASILIA Jan 13 The Prosecutors General of
Brazil and Peru on Friday signed an agreement to increase
cooperation between the two countries in the "fight against
corruption" as probes into bribery and fraud involving Brazilian
companies spread to other Latin American countries where they
"We will establish dialogue and the transmission of
information in a more direct and spontaneous way," Peru's
Prosecutor General Pablo Sanchez Velarde told reporters after
meeting with his Brazilian counterpart Rodrigo Janot.
"We are very interested in getting information to improve
our investigations," Velarde added.
The agreement comes two days after Peru's Comptroller Edgar
Alarcon said irregularities in contracts awarded to Odebrecht
SA, the Brazilian family-owned builder at the center of Brazil's
largest ever corruption scandal, had cost Peru $283 million.
Odebrecht, which has signed a plea deal in Brazil, has
agreed to cooperate with Peruvian authorities and pay an initial
$8.9 million in a gesture of goodwill.
The company has also agreed to pay Panama $59 million and
Colombia $32 million in reparations for bribes.
Velarde said the cooperation would not only be limited to
the Odebrecht case, but for any cases of transnational
"We will not tolerate any type of corruption in Peru,"
(Reporting by Stephen Eisenhammer; Editing by James Dalgleish)