The Odebrecht case in Guatemala is still under investigation, while the highway entrusted to the Brazilian company was left in the middle of construction. (Free Press Photo: Hemeroteca PL)

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The Odebrecht case in Guatemala is still under investigation, while the highway entrusted to the Brazilian company was left in the middle of construction. (Free Press Photo: Hemeroteca PL)

The former minister of communications, Alejandro Sinibaldi, attended this Wednesday, September 16, to a hearing at the Higher Risk Court D, for the Construction and Corruption case and at the end offered statements to journalists in which he pointed out that what is known about this matter is just « the tip of the Iceberg. »

Sinibaldi said that in his experience, the construction companies Sigma and Conasa are the Odebrecht of Guatemala, in reference to the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, accused of payments and bribes to politicians in Latin America, including Guatemala, to obtain construction projects.

He added that in the case of construction of the CA-2 Oriente highway, it is a case very similar to that of Odebrecht and that in total 252 wills were compared to grant projects to the construction companies Sigma and Conasa.

He said that these purchases of wills would have been 146 for Sigma and 106 Odebrecht, for Conasa.

Denies effective collaborators

“I want to comment that in the specific case of the effective Brazilian collaborators in the Odebrecht case, their statements have many inaccuracies, and understand that they were taken as true, since their version was missing.

He added that he is in Guatemala to tell the other part of the truth, or what is missing from the case.

He gave as an example the case of the collaborator Marcos Machado, from Odebrecht Brazil, who assures that he met Sinibaldi in December 2011, but that there is evidence, photographs, and immigration records that prove that they actually met in Mexico in mid-2010. .

“At the Presidente Hotel, in Mexico, at a meeting where the issue of electoral financing of that campaign was discussed and where there were several witnesses, among which are, for example, the former ambassador -José Luis- Chea Urruela, the former ambassador – Julio- Ligorría, and the candidates ”- in relation to Otto Pérez Molina and Roxana Baldetti who were seeking the presidency of Guatemala, Sinibaldi said.

He added that these statements by Machado are full of inaccuracies.

« It’s just the tip of the iceberg »

Former Minister Sinibaldi said that his role now, when facing justice, is to tell what needs to be told and that is why he says that what is known about the Construction and Corruption case and the Odebrecht case is only « the tip of the iceberg. » and it is only what has been said against him.

He added that with his statements the truth will be completed and he hopes that this will help transform the current system that causes corruption.

Officials from the Conasa company assured that they will not pronounce on Sinibaldi’s accusations.

Prensa Libre contacted the offices of Sigma to obtain a statement on what was said by former minister Sinibaldi, but no one answered the calls.