DOJ Investigation of Odebrecht Sought for Foreign Activities

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Attorneys for a group of Cuban political prisoners have formally requested a U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") investigation into whether the Brazilian conglomerate, Odebrecht Group ("Odebrecht"), has acted as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal in the United States, in violation of the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA).

According to the filing, "Odebrecht is a known proxy of the Brazilian government's foreign policy agenda."

The Brazilian government recently subsidized $800 million of the Castro dictatorship's Port of Mariel expansion, the island nation's largest contracted project, which Odebrecht completed in partnership with the Cuban military.

A 2009 cable from the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia revealed how this project was aimed at challenging the U.S.'s sanctions policy towards Cuba.

The filing contends that, "Odebrecht acts at the order, request, and under the direction or control of the Brazilian government and has its activities financed and subsidized by the same."

In so doing, "it has woven a complex web to conceal its active presence in the United States."

See the official request below (or click here).


11.1.13 Letter to H. Hunt _FARA_ -