PF indicates Lula research on Odebrecht contracts

The indictment was based on Operation Janus, investigating contracts related to the construction and people linked to former President Lula.
05/10/2016 15h59 - Updated 5/10/2016 15h59
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The former president had used his influence to favor the Odebrecht construction company and received kickbacks. The indictment was based on Operation Janus, erupted in May this year and it investigates contracts related to the construction and people linked to former President Lula.

Yesterday (4), the Federal Public Ministry received the final report of PF which deals with the operation and the indictment. Now, the document will be reviewed by MPF trustees. After analysis, if prosecutors agree with the arguments of the PF, It may be offered complaint to the court against the former president. If this occurs, Justice will decide whether to accept the complaint.

Lula Institute
in a statement, Lula Institute says the former president has always acted within the law and that their accounts and relatives were investigated, without that no irregularity has been found.

"Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has his life investigated for 40 years, We had all their bills and their families devassadas, its banking secrecy, fiscal and phone broken and found no irregularities. Lula no longer holds any public office since January 1, 2011, and always acted within the law before, during and after holding two elected terms as president of the Republic ", the statement said.

The institute criticizes that the indictment has been informed to the press. "The defense of the former president will review the document of the Federal Police, leaked to the press and published with sensationalism before the defense access, because this practice makes it clear that they are not serious research processes, but a media massacre campaign to make headlines in the press and try to destroy the most popular image of the former president of the country's history ".

operation Janus
In this ocasion, MPF reported, in a statement, that the operation was related “research that investigates whether the former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva practiced international influence peddling in favor of Construtora Odebrecht”.

In May 2015, the Attorney General's Office in the Federal District began the investigation “the former president received undue economic advantage to influence foreign public officials especially in the Dominican Republic, Cuba e Angola, and to facilitate or expedite the processing of procedures for financing interest of companies in the Odebrecht Group with the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES)”.

Prosecutors are also investigating suspected irregularities in other loans granted by the bank to the Odebrecht conglomerate for work abroad, including loans for the construction of the Port of Mariel, em Cuba, Caracas Subway, Venezuela and some works in Panama.

Source: Agency Brazil

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