Brazil vice-president urges distinction between firms, arrested executives

viernes 19 de junio de 2015 14:09 GYT
 

SAO PAULO, June 19 (Reuters) - Brazil's Vice President Michel Temer said on Friday there "must have been a reason" to arrest the chief executive officers of the country's two top engineering firms, but that it was important to distinguish between the executives and the companies, which are major employers in Brazil.

Federal police arrested Marcelo Odebrecht, head of Odebrecht SA, and Otavio Marques Azevedo, CEO of Andrade Gutierrez. Prosecutors said the two companies led a cartel of firms that overcharged state-run oil firm Petrobras and paid kickbacks to executives and politicians. (Reporting by Eduardo Simoes; Writing by Brad Haynes and Caroline Stauffer; Editing by Chris Reese)