Anti-corruption prosecutors in Lima have leaked a document that provides a snapshot of the detail that is emerging of the money flows at the heart of the Brazilian company’s international bribery scheme.
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Prosecutors say bribes were managed using a software system which catalogued the amounts paid, the codenames of their recipients, how the payments were physically made, and in reference to which project.
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