11/05/2016 07h15 - Updated 11/05/2016 07h38

Live accepts complaint against Argello and contractors for kickbacks in CPIs

The scheme involving the former senator and eight other defendants paid at least R $ 5,3 million in bribes.
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Judge Sergio Moro agreed on Tuesday (10), the complaint and opened criminal proceedings against former Senator Gim Argello (PTB-DF) and eight others accused of masterminding a payment scheme of at least R $ 5,3 million in corporate bribes to avoid convening contractors investigated in Lava Jet to testify in the CPIs in the Senate and Congress in 2014.

That year were installed a Joint CPI and CPI in the Senate and none of them called contractors of large construction to testify.

In addition to the former senator and his son, They became defendants on Tuesday the former president of the OAS, Leo Pinheiro, President of UTC Ricardo Pessoa, a former aide and a former advertising that would have acted as operators of payments to Argello. The defendants will respond by money laundering crimes, criminal organization formation and obstruction of the investigation.

In order which accepted the complaint, the judge of Lava Jato still left open whether the defendants will respond corruption or concussion (extortion), and understood that this will be defined over the prosecution with new evidence and testimony of the accused.

The complaint includes the latest stage of Lava Jato, the 28th stage called Pyrrhic Victory, erupted in 12 April and led to the arrest of Gim Argello, that it was not reelected lost the privileged forum and will now be judged by Moro.

In this investigation, Lava Jato, based on deletions of various contractors, He revealed that the former senator would have charged $ 5 million seven contractors who worked in the cartel at Petrobras. Some of the companies, as Andrade Gutierrez, for example, just not paying bribes and so its executives were not reported.

Ao menos a OAS e a UTC, However, agreed payments, and part of the amount was transferred via official donations to the Argello coalition of parties in elections 2014 - Formed by DEM, PR, PMN , PRTB e PTB. The Public Prosecution Service does not accuse any of the irregularities of coalition parties as, second esearchers, there is no evidence that they were aware that the payment was due to the crimes of Argello.

Part of the fee would still have been delivered in cash to Argello, including a portion in euros and other party would still have been intended as a donation of R $ 350 thousand to a parish in Brasilia.

The lawyer of former senator and his son could not be located for comment.


"The UTC does not comment on ongoing investigations."


"The OAS will not comment on the matter"

Source: Estadão

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