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Henrique Valladares, for many years Vice President of Odebrecht and one of the main rapporteurs of the agreement that the Brazilian construction company signed with the Prosecutor's Office to confess its corruption, was found dead in his residence in Rio de Janeiro.
Valladares' body was found Tuesday night by relatives in the apartment where the former executive lived in the well-off neighborhood of Leblon, in the southern part of Rio de Janeiro, and taken to the Legal Medical Institute, the Civil Police reported Wednesday from the state of Rio de Janeiro.
The autopsy did not allow establishing the reasons for the death , so his death was recorded as caused by "indeterminate cause", before being handed over to his relatives, according to the Civil Police.
Valladares was one of the main among about one hundred Odebrecht executives who agreed to collaborate with Justice, confess their crimes and point to their accomplices in exchange for reductions in their sentences and other judicial benefits.
The joint agreement made it possible to establish the responsibility of what was the largest construction company in Brazil in numerous corrupts in Brazil and in several Latin American and African countries, including Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
Among the revelations made by Valladares in his confession he highlighted the alleged payment of an illegal electoral donation of 50 million reais (12.5 million dollars) in accounts abroad to then Senator Aécio Neves, who was the candidate defeated by Dilma Rousseff in the second round of the 2014 presidential elections.
He also accused the Minister of Mines and Energy in the Government of Rousseff, Edison Lobao, of receiving bribes in exchange for favoring the company in public contracts in the energy area.
The former vice president of Odebrecht said in his confession that Lobao took a courtesy visit to the hospital where he was admitted to demand a bribe in exchange for granting the company contracts for the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant.
He also confessed that Odebrecht paid bribes to groups of Indians to not make protests against the construction of power plants in the Amazon and to trade unionists to refrain from demonstrations for alleged environmental reasons.
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