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The former minister of Lula Da Silva claimed that he gave him bribes from Odebrecht

19 January 2019 05:45
Updated January 19, 2019 18:19

Antonio Palocci, minister in the governments of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, said that he gave several times the former president, cash as a result of bribes from construction companies Odebrecht and Andrade Gutierrez.

Palocci, in prison house since November 2018, has told the justice, in the framework of a cooperation agreement, the payment of values ​​up to 80,000 reais (about $ 22,000) in Lula, imprisoned since April for corruption, said the Brazilian media. O Globe.

The former minister said that illegal payments to Lula would take place in 2012, after the entrepreneur Marcelo Odebrecht accepted the payment of 15 million reais, about 4 million dollars, to the 39, former head of state for the participation of Odebrecht in the construction of the Belo Monte dam, in the north of the country.

In one of the sections of his confession, Palocci claimed to have seized several opportunities close to 30,000, 40,000, 50,000 and 80,000 royals (between $ 8,000 and $ 22,000) in cash for his Lula.

The Brazilian media have underlined in one occasion that Palocci would have delivered about 50,000 reais, 13.305 dollars in exchange, inside a box of a cell phone, in Brasilia.

In another episode, according to the version of the former minister, Lula would have received from Palocci himself an undetermined amount of money in a box of whiskey in Congonhas airport in Sao Paulo.

Palocci's statements are framed in a collaboration agreement reached with the Brazilian authorities that allowed him to go under house arrest after more than two years in prison for corruption and money laundering.

The former minister testified on April 13th and the testimony was approved in June 2018, but only now has been attached to the file of the investigation by the federal police on the alleged fraud and corruption in the dam of Belo Monte.

In his statement, Palocci said that, for the work on the dam, Odebrecht would have allocated a total of 15 million reais (about four million dollars) in donations for the benefit of Lula, although of that total, four million reais (1 , $ 6 million) would be officially donated.

For its part, the construction company Andrade Gutierrez would pay the expenses of some entities connected to the former president, made donations to the Lula Institute and paid for some of its conferences in exchange for facilitating their participation in the works of Belo Monte.

Through his press office, Lula said that Lava Jato, the largest anti-corruption operation in the history of Brazil, benefited from penalty reductions of nearly 200 informants and that no one presented evidence against the former president.

In a statement, the advisor to the former president said that justice has decided to validate Palocci's statements in exchange for lies without proof against Da Silva. "All the tax secrets of Lula and her family were removed without any irregular values", the statement reads.

Lula, who ruled Brazil between 2003 and 2010, served a 12-year sentence from April 7, 2018 to benefit from corruption in the state of Petrobras and responds to justice in seven other criminal cases, including for several suspects of corruption.

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