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Mexico accused of dragging feet on Odebrecht scandaa

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Mexico appears to be dragging its feet  on the biggest corruption scandal in Latin America, it is alleged.

Across the region, prosecutors have been pressing charges in recent years against politicians accused of corruption in the scandal involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, which admitted to paying $800 million in bribesn.

But evidence that could shed light on bribes paid by the company in Mexico has been held up in Brazil for more than a year because Mexican prosecutors have refused to sign off on terms necessary for an exchange of information, Brazilian prosecutors told The Associated Press this week.

They said signing the document is "mandatory" for Mexico to be able to use the information, which has been provided by Odebrecht executives and witnesses under plea agreements reached with the South American nation's public ministry.