Brazil judge lifts order mandating Odebrecht payments to government

A federal judge in Brazil on Friday suspended an order that required two units of construction firm Odebrecht to make monthly payments amounting to 3 percent of their monthly revenues to a government account, according to a court document.

Judge Friedmann Wendpap ruled that the two units of the Brazilian builder, at the center of the biggest-ever corruption scandal in Brazil, no longer needed to make the payments because of a leniency deal Odebrecht signed with Brazilian, U.S. and Swiss prosecutors in December.

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