its peers, Azevedo reported directly to the company's CEO, Marcelo Odebrecht,
instead of reporting to the company's Vice President for Africa and Latin
America. But more importantly, he got Chávez eating out of his hands.
as a good businessman and armed with Brazilian sympathy, he knew how to move
unnoticed through the twists and turns of the Bolivarian spheres, to a point
that the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution never spared praise and good words
for this Brazilian, born in Pernambuco, east of Brazil. "A Good friend," he
affirmed publicly on November 13, 2006, while highlighting his role in the
inauguration of the second bridge over the Orinoco River. "I send a warm hug to
Euzenando, and a very special congratulation on his will of steel, firm while
driving the work and the different works in progress in Venezuela".
part of the story surfaced after the death of the revolutionary Commander. Those
who came to speak with Azevedo, underlined his Spanish with Venezuelan
colloquialisms, as he talked about the "zaperoco" (mess) that had unleashed the
Odebrecht plot and that Diosdado Cabello and the rest of the ring that
surrounded Chávez had "arrechera" against him (were pissed off).
wonder Azevedo had to leave Venezuela in 2013, when Nicolás Maduro came to
power. The Venezuelan leader could not stand that behind the back of his
government, the Odebrecht representative in Caracas had met his opponent
Henrique Capriles Radonski and contributed to his campaign, as Azevedo later
told the prosecutors in the case.
told Azevedo that he negotiated 35 million dollars
for the presidential campaign of Nicolás Maduro and at the same time,
another 15 million for the command of Henrique Capriles in 2013. He did not say
a word, however, about bribes. Unlike rewarded informers from other countries,
he never mentioned commissions to officials or overpriced works. Even less did
he refer to the accounts he held in Switzerland with one of his commission
agents. He probably trusted that no Venezuelan authority would investigate his