Slim Defends Mayan Train PartnerBy Pedro Alcalá | Thu, 05/07/2020 - 18:58
Carlos Slim’s infrastructure development company CICSA, part of Grupo Carso, released a statement defending its partner FCC Construcción from accusations of corruption reported by Animal Político last week. CICSA and FCC Construcción are the two partners that make up the consortium awarded the contract to build the second segment of the Mayan Train. FCC Construcción is a large infrastructure and service group from Spain in which Grupo Carso also has a 61.1 percent stake.
Animal Político details an accusation made by a Spanish judge regarding a bribery scheme hatched when FCC Construcción partnered with Odebrecht to build subway lines in the capital city of Panama. CICSA’s statement argues that these allegations are previous to Slim and Grupo Carso’s involvement in FCC Construcción.
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