Dilma says Moro companies can not be punished for mistakes of their leaders

She testified as a witness for the defense of Petrobras's former president and the Bank of Brazil Aldemir Bendine.
27/10/2017 17h09 - Updated 27/10/2017 17h09
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The former president Dilma Rousseff said today (27) that companies can not be punished for the mistakes of its leaders, during testimony by videoconference to the federal judge Sérgio Moro, Federal do Paraná Justice. She testified as a witness for the defense of Petrobras's former president and the Bank of Brazil Aldemir Bendine.

"It was a gift subject to government, we were discussing leniency. We thought that we have to punish executives and employees who made bad practice. Now, institutions are social products; they can not be punished ", said.

The former president cited Siemens as an example of international company that has been investigated sometimes for acts of corruption of its executives, but was protected as an institution over the investigative processes.

"The same thing was our concern. We had, indeed, public concern regarding build leniency conditions for the process were responsible punishment, but it saved the engineering firms that country, which are essential elements of our competitiveness, and they are still ", He stressed.

Dilma was asked about the government's relationship with the Odebrecht Group, company that used to contribute to the election campaigns of the Workers Party. "I believe the Odebrecht Group, to any other group, He deserved all the government's attention. We had a relationship of great interest; not because they contribute or not to the campaign, but the importance that the group had, and I believe it still has, the Brazilian economy ", said the former president.

Petrobras command
During testimony, Dilma spoke of the circumstances that led to the appointment of Aldemir Bendine for the presidency of Petrobras. She said the former president, Graça Foster, He had put the job on hand on two occasions. The third time, Rousseff failed to dissuade her from the idea of ​​leaving office.

The former president said he invited Bendine to control the oil in the same week that Foster announced his departure. "I chose the Bendine and Ivan [Monteiro] the performance they had had before the Bank of Brazil, it was indeed a very valuable element for me. The Bank of Brazil was recovering from 2003, along the Lula government, and along 2010 He began to show very good results ".

Dilma said, still, to leave the Bank of Brazil and take command of Petrobras was not a very attractive change for Bendine. "He had a more comfortable position as president of the Bank of Brazil, because the main challenges he had managed to overcome and the bank gave significant profits. There was a need for a persuasion ", said.

The testimony today was the first meeting between the judge Sérgio Moro and Dilma Rousseff, that does not respond to any prosecution of Operation Lava Jet. The hearing lasted about 30 minutes.

Daniel Isaiah – Agency Brazil

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