FBI conducted transnational investigation in the Martinelli brothers case

photo VD: Ligia Toledo.
By Maria T. Morales

The United States Department of State reported that the arrest, earlier this week, of the brothers Luis and Ricardo Martinelli Linares, It was led by an international anti-corruption squad of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), for its acronym in English.

According to the report, Detainees Face Conspiracy Charges for Money Laundering and Bribery, in a scheme structured by the construction conglomerate, Odebrecht, whose organization, in 2016 pleaded guilty, for the same charges, in federal court in New York, U.S.

The Criminal Division's Office of International Affairs provided substantial assistance, and finally, earlier this week, both were detained at La Aurora International Airport, in Guatemala, according to the report.

According to the authorities, they had the support of the Brazilian Federal Public Ministry, Guatemalan police authorities of the International Affairs Unit, as well as the El Salvador Police.

About the Corrupt Practices Abroad Law

The law applied in the case of the Martinelli brothers, on the 1977, is known as FCPA, and it was enacted, in order to make it illegal for certain classes of individuals and entities to make payments to foreign officials to help them obtain or retain business.

Said law prohibits the intentional use of emails or any instrumentality of interstate commerce in a corrupt manner., to promote any offer, payment, promise of payment or authorization to pay money or anything of value to anyone