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Peru Bribery Probes Are Scaring Officials, Stalling Investment, Group Says

  • Odebrecht bribery case set back Peru’s infrastructure pipeline
  • Bureaucrats worry about being ensnared in probe, group says

Government officials in Peru are so scared of being accused of corruption that they have hobbled an infrastructure program needed to revive economic growth, an industry group said.

In the wake of the Odebrecht bribery scandal, bureaucrats have become wary of taking decisions on a backlog of projects for fear of being implicated in corruption probes, said Gonzalo Priale, chairman of the National Association for the Infrastructure Promotion, which represents companies investing in public-private partnerships.