By Karla Ramírez and Junior Miani
Lawyer Luis Nava Guibert, general secretary of the Presidency of the Republic during the second government of Alan García, had 20 meetings with Jorge Barata, when he was superintendent of Odebrecht in Peru.
According to the presidential agendas of García, Nava and Barata were part of 16 presidential travel committees between December 2007 and February 2011. In addition, according to the registry of visits to the Government Palace, Nava received Barata in the House of Pizarro on three occasions and not two, as the lawyer pointed out.
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Likewise, they coincided in the business meeting of investment Expo Peru, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2008. According to the prosecution, Nava and his son José Antonio Nava Mendiola "would have participated in the system of receiving illicit money for profit of [Alan] García, as well as for other officials who had some relevant participation and decision in the Lima metro line 1 project, "work executed in the second APRA government.
For this reason, the prosecutor José Domingo Pérez extended the preliminary investigation and requested the impediment of leaving the country for Nava and his son for the alleged commission of the crime of money laundering.
The agenda of Alan García reveals that Nava and Barata coincided in a delegation of presidential travel in 2007, two in 2008, five in 2009, seven in 2010 and one in 2011.
The first trip was to Cusco on December 10, 2007. They left García, Luis Nava, the now ex-minister of Transports Verónica Zavala, Barata and businessman José Graña Miró Quesada, as well as the president's aide-de-camp, a photographer and a cameraman. According to the agenda, it was to inaugurate works on the Southern Interoceanic highway.
Barata and Graña traveled as executives of Conirsa, the consortium in charge of the project, which contracted the services of Transportes Don Reyna (TDR), a company owned by José Antonio Nava Mendiola.
In total, TDR provided services to Odebrecht -as an individual company or in consortium- in five public works between 2007 and 2015 for a value of US $ 17,818,802.
That first flight left Lima at 7:30 a.m. The delegation arrived in Cusco and, by helicopter, moved to the district of Ccatcca, where the "Inauguration of the Urcos-Cctacca Sector, 30 kms." Was held, according to the document to which Trade he agreed
The return to the capital was at noon. The rest of the trips that they shared in the interior of the country followed a similar pattern: Nava and Barata were part of the committees that supervised or inaugurated sections 2 and 3 of the Interoceanic South, advances of the Interoceanic North, of the Olmos project, among others.
Stresses the trip of February 11, 2009 to Lambayeque to oversee the Olmos project. In this, Nava and Barata shared a party between 7:40 a.m. and 2:50 p.m. Eight days later, García called a Council of Ministers to approve Emergency Decree 032, which allowed the Ministry of Transportation and Communications to tender line 1 of the Lima subway.
In December of that year, the consortium of Odebrecht and Graña y Montero won the project. The special team of the Lava Jato Case investigates Garcia for that decree. The prosecution extended the preliminary investigation to Nava for the same case.
Barata and Nava also shared a trip to Brazil on June 16, 2010 for the presidential meeting in Manaus between Garcia and the then president of Brazil, José Inácio Lula da Silva. In the entourage there were 21 people.
–Meetings at the Palace–
These were not the only meetings between Luis Nava and Jorge Barata. According to the record of visits to the Government Palace, during García's second term, Nava received the former Odebrecht representative on three other occasions.
The first was on September 13, 2006 at 11 a.m. for a meeting that ended six hours later. The second was on November 21, 2007. Nava was with Barata for little more than an hour and a half, between 3 and 4:46 p.m., on the occasion of a "meeting".
The third visit was on February 7, 2008. According to the official document, Nava received at 9:30 a.m. to Barata and the meeting concluded almost two hours later.
In an interview with "Cuarto Poder", in July 2018, Nava only recalled two meetings with Barata: "I received Barata twice […], one in September 2006 and another in November 2007. Both meetings were requested by Mr. Barata, […] the president said 'well, put it on the agenda to go to inaugurate part of the works' ".
In communication with this newspaper, Nava indicated that he did not meet with Barata on February 7, 2008. "The 2008 visit was not with me. It was with the president[[Alan García]and the businessmen of the National Grand Theater, look at the presidential agenda, "he said.
Indeed, the presidential agenda of that date indicates that Barata was invited along with other businessmen to Sala Grau. However, the Palace visits record shows that the former Odebrecht representative arrived half an hour before the other guests, at 9:30 a.m., and that the one who authorized his entry and met him was Luis Nava Guibert.
The reason for your entry appears as "visit". The other guests entered, according to the registry, at 10 a.m. This was authorized by Alan García. In addition, the president is listed as the person who received the visit and in the motive of the presence of businessmen is the phrase "Sala Sala Grau".
According to Nava, these differences were due to an error of the goalkeeper. "[Barata] may have said at the door of entry 'I have a meeting with the president' and the porter asked me and I ordered the deposit, "he replied.
The last meeting between Nava and Barata was on September 17, 2008, when the lawyer accompanied the former superintendent of Odebrecht to the business investment meeting Expo Peru in Sao Paulo. On that occasion, Garcia also met with Lula da Silva and businessmen. Barata arrived at that meeting in an advanced procession.
– Nava discharges –
Nava pointed to Trade that the reason for their presence in travel is due to their function, "according to the law of the executive branch art. 9, is to support the president. "
In a statement said that neither he nor his children received money of illicit origin. "[No] we are frontmen or agents of nobody. […] We denounce the irresponsibility of the prosecution in ascribing to me and my family facts that have no basis in reality, "he said.
In communication with Trade, Cynthia Yanelli, lawyer of Nava, indicated that this "it explained widely in the declaration that gave in the Congress".
On December 7, 2017, Nava declared before the Lava Jato Commission that "the trips were to inaugurate part of the IIRSA in the south of the country." He added: "Jorge Barata has never told me about the train or the highway or the subway."
Jorge Massa, lawyer of José Antonio Graña, indicated to this newspaper that the presence of the former manager of Graña y Montero was a protocol. "He is notified that the president is going to the work and he, as a representative of the company, has to be present," he said.