Browne abandons plans to sue

Antigua Observer:-Prime Minister Gaston Browne is no longer suing the Spanish newspaper El Pais for defamation over the Odebrecht Scandal.

Near the end of July, Rodrigo Tacla the lawyer at the centre of the Odebrecht bribery scandal had made allegations against Browne in an exclusive interview published in El Pais.

The Prime Minister tells OBSERVER media that since his threat of a lawsuit, he and the newspaper have come to an understanding.

This occurred about a week ago.

According to Browne, El Pais printed a new article saying that Tacia had presented no evidence to support his defamatory claims.

Browne says that he had sent a statement to the newspaper as well as documents showing that he had cooperated with the international authorities on the Odebrecht Scandal.

Antigua and Barbuda is just one of several countries roped into the scandal.

The Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht has admitted that it paid millions of dollars in bribes to secure about 100 projects in 12 countries.

It is said to have generated ill-gotten gains of 3.3 billion dollars.

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