In late December, Brazil’s largest construction company pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court to having paid $788 million in bribes to government officials throughout Latin America to secure public works contracts.
Less than two months later, the scandal has spurred investigations in Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Guatemala and Ecuador. It has also spread to Africa, with corruption cases opened in Angola.
This week brought new accusations that two of the continent’s highest-profile figures benefited from bribes paid by the firm, Odebrecht, which specializes in massive public works and energy projects.
In Peru, a...