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Marcelo Odebrecht to Continue Serving Sentence in Huge Sao Paulo Mansion

SAO PAULO Ė Marcelo Odebrecht, the former president of the Odebrecht construction firm and convicted in Brazilís biggest corruption scandal, will continue serving his sentence in a mansion of 3,000 square meters (about 32,300 square feet) in Sao Paulo after being released on Tuesday from his 12-square-meter cell in Curitiba, where he has been incarcerated for two-and-a-half years.

The former all-powerful chief of the gigantic multinational, with operations in dozens of countries, will continue serving his sentence under house arrest after reaching a cooperation agreement with the judiciary in which he agreed to detail all of his firmís corrupt actions.

Odebrecht so far has been sentenced to 31 years and 6 months in prison in two of the seven cases opened against him, but the cooperation agreement reduces that sentence to 10 years.

He will spend the next 2Ĺ years under house arrest, a similar period under a semi-open arrangement whereby he may leave home during the day to work and the last 2Ĺ years under an open regime, under which he will only have to spend weekends at home.

The 7Ĺ years remaining in the 49-year-old mogulís sentence will be spent at his Sao Paulo home, outfitted with a swimming pool, gymnasium and various other comforts in the exclusive Morumbi neighborhood, although he will have to wear an electronic ankle bracelet that judicial officials placed on him on Tuesday.

After leaving court on Tuesday, where he learned the terms of his house arrest, two police cars escorted his vehicle to a private Curitiba airport, where he boarded a private jet that transported him to Sao Paulo.

Odebrecht attorney Nabor Bulhoes said that his client may only receive visits from his relatives, lawyers and 15 people included on a list that he provided on Tuesday to the judge, and that he will only be authorized to leave his home to attend the university graduation ceremonies of his two daughters.

Odebrecht was one of the main defendants in the gigantic corruption scandal involving the firm, which paid millions of dollars in bribes to public leaders in dozens of countries to secure construction projects.

 

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