- La Prensa
Former Panamanian presidential candidate José Domingo Arias denied Saturday that he had received 10 million dollars from Odebrecht as contributions to his 2014 campaign.
“I deny having received 10 million dollars. The Public Prosecutor’s Office is confusing public opinion and we are going to prove it,” Arias wrote on Twitter, in reaction to what was said during the hearing in which a judge from Panama validated an “agreement of effective collaboration” with Odebrecht.
The anti-corruption prosecutor, Zuleyka Moore, unveiled the confessions given months ago by the former Odebrecht director in the country Andre Rabello.
According to Rabello, Arias received 10 million dollars from the Brazilian construction company in the campaign for the 2014 presidential elections, in which he was presented by Martinelli’s Cambio Democrático (CD) party.
Arias, who was detained for a month and is now banned from leaving the country and must report periodically to the appropriate authority, denied on June 10 that he had received funds from Odebrecht.
“No, we did not receive funds from Odebrecht” for the electoral campaign, Arias then told reporters, after finishing a long session of investigation before the Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office for that matter.