Federal Police holds former minister Antonio Palocci in the 35th stage of Lava Jato

The operation is investigating whether the former minister and others involved were given money to benefit Odebrecht in government contracts.
26/09/2016 08h21 - Updated 26/09/2016 17h31
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The Federal Police (PF) on the streets to comply with court orders in the 35th stage of Operation Lava Jato. Called Operation Omerta, one of the targets is former finance minister Antonio Palocci, which was temporarily arrested this morning in Sao Paulo.

The officers meet two more temporary arrest warrants, 27 search and seizure and 15 coercively driving, when the person is taken to the police station in order to provide information and then is released.

The suspicion is that Palocci would link with the command of the construction company Odebrecht, one of the country's main. The operation is investigating whether the former minister and others involved were given money to benefit the contractor on government contracts.

According to PF, negotiations involving the Provisional Measure 460, from 2009, dealing Tax credit premium on Industrialized Products (IPI), besides the increase in Odebrecht's credit line in the Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES) for an African country, as well as interference in Petrobras bid for the acquisition of 21 ships probe to explore the pre-salt layer.

According to the Federal Police, “the name 'Omerta’ given the police investigation is a reference to the Italian origin of the alias that the construction used to refer to the main investigation phase (‘italiano’), and the vow of silence that prevailed in the Odebrecht Group, to be broken by members of the 'structured finance sector’ allowed the deepening of investigations. Besides that, refers to the current position of the company command, which is reluctant to take over and describe the crimes”.

Source: Agency Brazil


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