Former executive Henrique Valladares, who for many years served as vice president of Odebrecht and was one of the main delators of the agreement that the Brazilian construction company signed with the Public Prosecutor’s Office to confess its c orruptelas, was found dead at his residence in Rio de Janeiro.
Valladares’ body was found on Tuesday night by relatives in the apartment where the former executive lived in the well-off Leblon neighborhood in the southern part of Rio de Janeiro, and taken to the Legal Medical Institute, the State Civil Police reported on Wednesday and Rio de Janeiro.
The body underwent an autopsy that did not establish the reasons for the death, so his death was recorded as caused by «undetermined cause», before being handed over to his relatives, according to the Civil Police.
Valladares was one of the main among the nearly hundreds of Odebrecht executives who agreed to cooperate with the justice, confess their crimes and point out their accomplices in exchange for reductions in their convictions and other judicial benefits.
The joint agreement established responsibility for Brazil’s largest builder 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 highlighted the alleged payment of an illegal electoral donation for R$50 million (about $12.5 million) in accounts abroad to then-Senator Aécio Neves, who was the candidate defeated by Dilma Rousseff in the second round of the 2014 presidential election.
He also accused the Minister of Mines and Energy in Rousseff’s government, Edison Lobao, of receiving bribes in exchange for favoring the company in public contracts in the energy area.
Odebrecht’s former vice-president recounted in his confession that Lobao took advantage of a courtesy visit he made to the hospital he was admitted to 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 not to protest against the construction of power plants in the Amazon and to trade unionists to refrain from demonstrations for alleged environmental reasons.