Archive for the ‘Corruption Scandal’ Category

Temer allies try to invalidate “widely publicized” Odebrecht testimony

December 11, 2016

Allies of President Michel Temer, mentioned along with him in the plea bargain of former institutional relations director of Odebrecht, Cláudio Melo Filho, advocate that his testimony should be disregarded because its content was widely publicized in the press. This is one of the strategies discussed by Mr. Temer’s inner circle at meetings in Brasília and São Paulo after the release of the document, which involves the president of the Republic, the speakers of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, as well as dozens of parliamentarians from the allied base and opposition in the corruption scheme confessed by the construction company. “This plea bargain will have to be annulled, this is the legal norm,” said a member of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, or PMDB, who was cited in the accusations.


Rousseff bets on mosquito hunt to regain popularity

February 11, 2016
Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff

President Dilma Rousseff bets on the fight against the Zika virus and the microcephaly epidemic as a vaccine to contain the progress of Operation Car Wash investigations on former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. In the opinion of Rousseff aides, the affected image of her predecessor hits the president directly and makes her more vulnerable to the impeachment that although asleep, it has not been buried. She will command the mega-operation scheduled for next Saturday, when 220,000 military officials will take the streets to battle the Aedes aegypti mosquito. (more…)

Oppostion starts to coordinate resignation of lower House speaker

November 23, 2015

The maneuver of Chamber of Deputies speaker Eduardo Cunha (Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, PMDB, of Rio de Janeiro), who prevented last week that the Ethics Council evaluated an opinion requesting his ousting, was a mistake that should precipitate his resignation. The analysis is of an opposition leader who believes that Mr. Cunha has lost political support in Congress with his decision to suspend the council session, also saying that the speaker has less and less support among deputies. The resignation of the PMDB member would be a less traumatic alternative to a potential ousting, according to this parliamentarian. The opposition is about to start working behind the scenes with Mr. Cunha’s allies to persuade him to step down still this year. The resignation is seen by the opposition as a first step to carry out the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.    23nov15
Waldemar Jezler

Corruption investigations draw closer to Lula

November 3, 2015

Federal Public Ministry prosecutors and the Federal Police are intensifying investigations of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and his circle in at least six criminal fronts. A Criminal Investigative Procedure (PIC) opened in Brasília is looking into alleged influence peddling in favor of construction company Odebrecht. Operation Zelotes, in turn, investigates payments received by Mr. Lula\’s son, Luís Claudio, and the suspicion that former Chief of Staff Gilberto Carvalho acted on influence peddling and corruption with companies in the automotive sector. In Operation Car Wash, the investigations try to find out if a contract for drillship Vitoria 10000, contracted by Petrobras, would have been delivered to Schahin without a bidding process thanks to the mediation of agribusiness investor José Carlos Bumlai, a friend of Mr. Lula. In return, the Schahin bank would have settled a R$60 million debt of Mr. Lula\’s campaign in 2006. Operation Car Wash also investigates company payments to LILS, established by the former president for his lectures, and to the Lula Institute. 11/3/15

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Brazilian Supreme Court freezes assets of Chamber Speaker

October 23, 2015

The Federal Supreme Court (STF) ordered the remittance to Brazil of 2.5 million francs owned by Chamber of Deputies speaker Eduardo Cunha in a Swiss account. Minister Teori Zavascki ordered the funds to be deposited in court, accepting a request from the Attorney-General of the Republic. Mr. Cunha, his wife and daughter are under investigation after allegations that he received bribes related to Petrobras contracts. The STF also denied the speaker’s request for trial secrecy. The Attorney-General is considering measures to request the removal of the controversial speaker, elected at the beginning of the year and who has repeatedly challenged the government’s plans in Congress 10/23/15

Court Ruling Threatens to Hamper Brazilian Judge Sergio Moro’s Anticorruption Success

October 18, 2015
Federal Judge Sergio Moro spoke in São Paulo, Brazil, in late September.

RIO DE JANEIRO—A single federal judge has overseen the adjudication of Brazil’s vast corruption scandal involving state-run oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA, issuing a string of warrants and multiyear prison sentences against some of the country’s most powerful executives. (more…)

Impeachment Decision Delayed as Brazil Legal Debate Heats Up

October 13, 2015

Brazil’s lower house chief suspended a decision whether to start impeachment proceedings as the Supreme Court questioned his guidelines for ousting a president. (more…)

How Brazil’s ‘Nine Horsemen’ Cracked a Bribery Scandal

April 6, 2015

Amid outrage over corruption allegations at Petrobras, prosecutors flip witnesses, make gains in wide-ranging probe

Thousands took to the streets in Rio de Janeiro in March to protest alleged corruption involving executives of state-controlled oil company Petrobras and politicians.Thousands took to the streets in Rio de Janeiro in March to protest alleged corruption involving executives of state-controlled oil company Petrobras and politicians.

CURITIBA, Brazil—Last summer, a haggard-looking former oil executive stared across a table at six stone-faced federal prosecutors in a cramped office in southern Brazil.

For weeks, he had promised to tell what he knew about a suspected money-laundering scheme but kept holding back, according to prosecutors. Then, he learned they were investigating his family, too, for potential evidence tampering.

Paulo Roberto Costa began to talk.