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Ex Petrobras and Banco do Brasil CEO, named by Rousseff, arrested on suspicion of bribes

Friday, July 28th 2017 - 12:06 UTC
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Petrobras Aldemir Bendine and associates are “suspected of organizing bribes worth 3 million reais” from construction conglomerate Odebrecht. Petrobras Aldemir Bendine and associates are “suspected of organizing bribes worth 3 million reais” from construction conglomerate Odebrecht.
The group would have received the sum in payments “that were only interrupted” following the arrest of Odebrecht CEO Marcelo Odebrecht in 2015 The group would have received the sum in payments “that were only interrupted” following the arrest of Odebrecht CEO Marcelo Odebrecht in 2015
Lava Jato has centered on Petrobras, where inflated construction contracts were used by business leaders and politicians to siphon off billions of dollars. Lava Jato has centered on Petrobras, where inflated construction contracts were used by business leaders and politicians to siphon off billions of dollars.

Brazilian federal police on Thursday arrested a former head of Petrobras and the Banco do Brasil, marking a new chapter of the sweeping graft probe into the state-owned oil company. Three people were detained in the operation, the prosecutor's office said in a statement, as part of the “Car Wash” investigation that has uncovered systemic corruption and ensnared many of Brazil's political and business elites.

 According to the statement, ex-chief of Petrobras Aldemir Bendine and associates are “suspected of organizing bribes worth 3 million reais” (currently about US$946,000) from construction conglomerate Odebrecht. The group would have received the sum in payments “that were only interrupted” following the arrest of Odebrecht CEO Marcelo Odebrecht in 2015, the statement said.

Bendine led Banco do Brasil from 2009 to 2015 and headed Petrobras from February 2015 to May 2016. Dozens of senior leaders across the political spectrum and high-ranking businessmen have been investigated or convicted since the sprawling corruption scandal began in 2014.

The investigation centered on Petrobras, the state-run oil company, where inflated construction contracts were used by business leaders and politicians to siphon off billions of dollars.

Bendine is the first former head of the oil giant to be arrested. He was detained in Sao Paulo, Brazil's business hub, and transferred to the southern city of Curitiba, where the head of the Car Wash investigation, Judge Sergio Moro, is based.

Even before he became the head of Petrobras, prosecutors said Bendine had tried to blackmail Odebrecht.

”Bendine, even when he was president of the Banco do Brasil, demanded a bribe of 17 million Reais (some US$ 4.5m) from Odebrecht,“ federal prosecutor Athaide Ribeiro Costa told reporters.

Odebrecht initially refused the demand, the prosecutor said, but eventually began to pay up when it heard that Bendine had been named head of Petrobras and told Odebrecht that failure to comply could ”prejudice“ future construction projects.

Bendine was appointed to head Petrobras when populist Dilma Rousseff was still president. He used the now-impeached president's name ”to promote himself with the construction company,” the prosecutor said, adding that the investigation had not turned up any evidence implicating Rousseff.

Rousseff, who was impeached last year by Congress, had succeeded Lula da Silva as president in 2011. Lula was himself convicted earlier this month on graft charges and given a nine-and-a-half year jail sentence. Moro also ordered the freezing of his assets, estimated at US$4.3 million.

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  • Jack Bauer

    @Imoyaro
    Its a painting (by Rafael Falco,1951) of ‘Tiradentes’, or Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, a martyr ‘n national hero, who fought for Brazil’s independence, and hanged April 21, 1792.
    Had several professions, but best known as a dentist, hence the nickname “Tira-dentes”. The painting depicts him in front of the executioner, and it currently hangs in Congress.

    @DT
    Being objective in politics may not be easy, due to the emotions it stirs up, but consistently ignoring reality is only explained by 'stupid'. In 2004, the global economic boom did wonders for Brazil - the demand and price of commodities had nothing to do with government policy, and even then Brazil didn’t know how to take advantage of the favourable conditions. While Lula’s foolish foreign trade policy allowed the US & Europe to slip away (he claimed Bzl was ‘too’ dependent on them ?), he wasted time and money trying to develop trade with countries that had little or zero to offer…exporters realized this, but Lula insisted. That’s why I say the PT’s policies, based on ideology i/o sound trade, prevented Brazil from benefiting from it as it could have. The ‘bolsa família’ is the eternal example used for the ‘good’ Lula did…let’s see : he made it easier for people to qualify, ‘n increased the number of recipients - and that was it. Instead of using it correctly, as temporary help to get over a rough patch, it became an end in itself (votes) - so when the crisis appeared (2013), most people who received it – as I’ve already said - returned to where they were 10 years ago…What good’s that ?
    The arguments used by PT supporters don’t stand up to objective scrutiny, but are swallowed hook, line and sinker by the masses.
    Few people were able to understand the full Brexit implications before the vote, the one ‘n only chance to get it right or wrong. With politicians, you have their history to go on. But when mainly economic issues/ decisions are mixed up with ideology, the outcome may be hard to discern.

    Aug 01st, 2017 - 08:57 pm +1
  • Jack Bauer

    One hell of a stupid crook....posted evidence of his crimes in his 'cloud'...must say, doesn't do much for Lula's and Dilma's images...

    Jul 28th, 2017 - 03:01 pm 0
  • Brit Bob

    And then the Argentinians thought they owned the territorial waters around the Falkland Islands?

    Argentina's Continental Shelf Claims and The UN CLCA Commission :-
    https://www.academia.edu/33898951/Argentinas_Continental_Shelf_Claims_-The_UN_CLCS_Commission

    Jul 28th, 2017 - 04:12 pm 0
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