Odebrecht, the engineering firm at the heart of Brazil's biggest ever graft probe, on Tuesday agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, in a move likely to send shockwaves across political parties that for years illegally siphoned money from state contracts. Federal police found an office to pay bribes and it surfaced that since February it has a list of 200 politicians who benefited from siphoned funds for election campaigns.
Executives at Salvador, Brazil-based Odebrecht targeted by the Operation Car Wash probe will ask for plea bargain deals with prosecutors, a company statement said. It marked a radical shift for Odebrecht, which had previously done little to cooperate in the two-year-old probe. The company said the decision was made to help build a better Brazil.
On Wednesday the Sao Paulo media published that the Federal Police, and prosecution, since last 23 February have a list of 200 politicians, which apparently received funds from Odebrecht, which was found in one of the many raids on the conglomerates offices and homes of some of the most trusted officials of the Odebrecht family.
The list with over 200 names from 18 different political parties, were given financial support for the 2012 and 2014 municipal and presidential elections, and are meticulously registered, in some cases with names or nicknames, plus dates and the sums involved. The material was in the hands of magistrate Sergio Moro, and passed them on to the Supreme Tribunal given its 'explosive' content and the fact that elected lawmakers and cabinet members in Brazil can only be condemned by the highest court.
The announcement follows on Tuesday's uncovering by a team of investigators of the systematic corruption at Odebrecht, with an office to pay bribes on work for World Cup soccer stadiums and Olympics legacy projects. Raids carried out at dawn also uncovered a parallel bribery scheme that helped extract money from state-controlled oil producer Petrobras.
Several top executives and politicians have already been imprisoned in the case, which could help topple President Dilma Rousseff, who is facing impeachment proceedings for an unrelated matter involving alleged illegal mismanagement of the budget.
Rousseff's political mentor and predecessor, Lula da Silva, has been charged with money laundering and fraud. A top senator who also sought a plea deal recently said Rousseff, a former Petrobras chairwoman when much of the alleged graft took place, knew about the scheme. Both Lula and Rousseff deny any wrongdoing.
In spite of all the difficulties and the conscience that we are not fully responsible for the facts that Operation Car Wash investigates - which reveal the existence of an illegal and illegitimate political and electoral fundraising system, - we continue to believe in Brazil, the note from Odebrecht said.
The political crisis comes as Brazil grapples with its steepest economic recession in decades and an epidemic of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, just as Rio de Janeiro prepares to host the Olympic Games in August.
Carlos Fernando dos Santos Lima, one of the case's lead prosecutors, said on Tuesday there is evidence of bribes paid on soccer stadiums built to host the 2014 World Cup, and in particular São Paulo's Arena Corinthians.
There is a system, it's even automated, to control these payments in the oil and gas sector, infrastructure, football stadiums, he said.
Prosecutors said Marcelo Bahia Odebrecht, the company's former chief executive officer and scion of the namesake family that controls the firm, had continued to run the scheme after his June arrest. He was sentenced to 19 years in prison this month after being convicted of corruption and money laundering.
An engineer with a degree in finance, Odebrecht turned the conglomerate into Brazil's largest employer and one of the top-five private-sector groups. He is a staunch backer of Lula and Rousseff and lauded their efforts to help local groups grow globally.
According to Veja magazine's Radar column, Marcelo Bahia Odebrecht had already begun to testify before Car Wash prosecutors launched Tuesday's raids.
One of four siblings, Marcelo presided over a golden era for the group since succeeding his father Emilio in late 2008. Grupo Odebrecht, which now spans 15 divisions spread across two dozen countries, is choosing to cooperate with the probe to help preserve the jobs of more than 130,000 employees, its statement said.
Grupo Odebrecht, founded by Marcelo's grandfather in the mid-1940s, was involved in building or refurbishing at least four of Brazil's 12 World Cup stadiums, including the 1 billion-real ($278 million) Arena Corinthians, which hosted the opening match and will also host Olympic soccer games.
Police also said on Tuesday they are looking into bribes at the Porto Maravilha, or Marvelous Port, a regeneration of Rio de Janeiro's downtown port area that has been heralded by authorities as one of the great legacies of the Olympics.
The Petrobras probe has led Lima and fellow prosecutors to find fraud in other government contracts and bribes in countries like Argentina and Angola.
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Geeeeeeeee......Mar 24th, 2016 - 11:22 am 0
Disinformation for them Turnips of all Nationalities...,courtesy of MacriPress...
Time bomb in Brazil: List of 200 names of politicians from 18 parties who received illegal funds for elections
Article should say...:
Time bomb in Brazil: List of 200 names of politicians from , at least, 24 parties who received illegal funds for elections.
Article should should have said...:
... That those 24 parties include the WHOLE SPECTRUM OF BRAZILIAN POLITICAL LIFE.... FROM LEFT TO RIGHT***...
*** (Excluding the Humanist Party that are silly decent... and some micro ultra left & right wing parties that can't be trusted into the system...)
If this Judicial Farse should continue to the bitter end..., the ONLY CLEAN & LEGALY ACCEPTABLE CANDIDATES would be those of the little Humanist Party.... and a bunch of Left and Right Wing fundamentalist nutters...
Seems to be the way the Mafia always gets caught, good record keeping.Mar 24th, 2016 - 11:44 am 0
Bring them all down and clean the system
Then you can start to rebuild
All the leftist regimes need a good bleaching in the sun.
If the Labour government did not fall by the coup, Brazil will move to the radical left as a way to hunt down the putschists and their companies.Mar 24th, 2016 - 11:53 am 0
The Brazilian State will be stronger and will cancel all cooperation agreements with the West, and expel all NGOs maintained by international capital.
Viva la Revolución!