Brazil’s former president was subdued to a political judgement and was ejected from office without any confirmed proof. The Odebrecht’s informers never confirmed the rumours that Rousseff asked for campaign money.
Past August 31, Brazil suffered an institutional breakdown product of a destitution process to which Dilma Rousseff, the democratically elected president, was subdued. Her guiltiness has been increasingly challenged, especially since her political trial had more to do with the loss of the Congress majority or with a Parliamentary coup, that with a judicial process.
If any Brazilian was asked at the streets, they would say that they do not know why Dilma was judged. Maybe they can argue that she was involved in the Lava Jato Operation. But No. She was never called, not even mentioned by convicted criminals or informants of the cause.
After being betrayed by her vice president, Michel Temer, who took his Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) to abandon the victorious coalition on 2014, Rousseff was accused of “financial maneuvering”.
This tax maneuvers were just delays in transfers of Treasure money towards the public banks in charge of social programs. This is why Rousseff was removed. Even Iván Marx, a district attorney, filed the judicial case because there was no crime.
But Temer, by abandoning Rousseff, and passing to the opposition, managed to take control of the country with the 75% of the National Congress, the same quantity that is under the suspicion in the Lava Jato Operation and that is involved in the denunciations of the Odebrecht corruption case. The independent specialists were clear: in the particular case that there was a tax crime by the delayment in fulfillment of budget obligations, this would not be a responsibility felony.
Rousseff was suspended past May 12 of her office and removed on August 31.
Senator Romero Juca, right hand of Temer and president of the PMDB, said on an audio footage that Rousseff fall was “to stop the bleeding”.
“We need an agreement with everybody, including the Supreme Court, to place Michel Temer as president”.
The denunciation of the end of the century
Odebrecht denounced that it payed the PT campaigns thru payments to their publicist, Joao Santan, in offshore accounts. But they did not said that Rousseff asked the money for her or for the party, as Temer and his allies claimed.
Recently the businessman Marcelo Odebrecht, imprisoned at Curitiba by order of the judge Sergio Moro, said that in 2007, during the presidency of Lula da Silva, the government dictated a resolution that benefitted the Braskem company, of the Odebrecht group. “There was no bribe involved”, claimed about the law.
But the businessman recognized before the electoral justice that he made illegal donations to the cash box of the Rousseff-Temer formula, which could damage the continuity of the actual president, who asked for the donation to his party personally to the Brazilian businessman.
Temer’s image has been decaying in the last day because Odebrecht’s executives and even his best friend, the attorney José Yunes, pointed out that bribes were made towards the PMDB. It is suspected that the 3 millions demanded to Odebrecht by Temer were used to pay the 140 deputies that approved the political trial against Rousseff.
Corruption may cost the office to President Michel Temer.
The speech against the Worker’s Party (PT) leaders, built by the great mass media companies, is more fragile each day, at the point that now, Lula da Silva, main target of the discredit campaign, in the favourite in the polls towards the 2018 elections.
A new chancellor
Temer, in the middle of the worst recession of Brazilian history -the GDP felt 3,6% on 2016-, named Aloysio Nunes Ferreira as chancellor, senator of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) and investigated for corruption at the Supreme Federal Court.
Nunes is being investigated after being accused of receiving illegal money of Ricardo Pessoa, owner of the constructor UTC, for his senator campaign in 2010.
Nunes was the vice president of Aécio Neves, defeated by the Rousseff-Temer formula. Odebrecht group denounced that Neves asked in 2014 for $ 3 million to back the presidential formula.
Considered by analysts as an “anti-Bolivarian pitbull”, Nunes replaces José Sierra, also from the PSDB and quoted by the Odebrecht’s informers as a recipient of illegal money for his campaign.
Nunes reported an “authoritarian escalation” at Venezuela and defended the Brazilian “solid institutions”. Looking for markets to place Brazilian products and giving a “new life” to the Mercosur, bloc in which Venezuela has been suspended, are among his top priorities.
Odebrecht paid $ 3.390 million in bribes and campaign expenses
In seven years Odebrecht derived $ 3.390 million to paid bribes and political campaign expenses at Brazil and in the exterior as well. This was revealed by Hilberto Mascarenas, chief at the bribe sector that Odebrecht had mounted, who also detailed that the budget was meant for illegal operations during the period between 2007 and 2014.
In a declaration before the electoral justice, that is investigating the campaign accounts of 2015, he told that payments were made to political campaigns in Dominican Republic, Panama, Venezuela, Angola and El Salvador, in which Joao Santana, marketing agent of the PT and condemned for money laundering, was involved.
Out of the $ 3.390 million, the 20% ($ 680 million) were used in Brazil. Mascarenas did not mentioned Ecuador at his testimony. He also confirmed that Odebrecht financed the PMDB of the president Temer.
The Odebrecht informant, Mascarenas, who managed the accounts of illegal payments and bribes to officials in 12 countries, pointed out that in 2014, when the Lava Jato Operation began, changed his office to Dominican Republic to avoid being investigated.