Federal Court in Curitiba resumes work of Operation Lava Jato

Five prosecution witnesses are to be heard on Wednesday, the prosecution investigating the former minister Antonio Palocci, the businessman Marcelo Odebrecht and more 13 people.
01/02/2017 12h28 - Updated 1/02/2017 12h28
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The work of Operation Lava Jet will resume today (1º) in Federal Court in Curitiba. Five prosecution witnesses are to be heard on Wednesday, the prosecution investigating the former minister Antonio Palocci, the businessman Marcelo Odebrecht and more 13 people. They were denounced for crimes of corruption and money laundering, after the 35th stage of Lava Jato, Call Omerta, broke out in September last year and which resulted in the arrest of Palocci. Both the former minister and Marcelo Odebrecht are stuck in the lockup of the Federal Police (PF) in the capital Paranaense.

Are planned for today the testimony of company executives UTC, Ricardo Pessoa and Walmir Santana, and entrepreneurs Vinicius Veiga Borin, Marco Pereira de Sousa Bilinski and Luiz Augusto France. All have signed whistleblower agreements awarded to Justice.

According to the complaint of the Federal Prosecutor (MPF), Palocci and Odebrecht construction company would have established a "broad and ongoing corruption scheme" between 2006 e 2015. The scheme would involve the payment of kickbacks to the Workers' Party (PT). Prosecutors MPF claim that the former minister would have acted to ensure that the contractor won Petrobras bid for hiring 21 probes.

Among the accused in the process also show the former aide to Palocci, Branislav Kontic, former marketeer PT João Santana, advertising Monica Moura, former PT treasurer João Vaccari Neto, the former manager of Petrobras Eduardo Musa and João Carlos Ferraz, former president of Brazil Seven.

At the time they were made, the arrests were criticized by defense Palocci. The lawyers said that everything was in the style "military dictatorship", secret way, and denied the charges, who considered empty. The national party directory classified it as pre-election show, as it happened six days before the municipal elections.

Source: Agency Brazil


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