The Federal Prosecution Office justified in a note the service of judicial orders by highlighting the need to “deepen the investigation into possible crimes of corruption and money laundering in the Petrobras scheme.” According to prosecutors in the task force probing the scheme, “concealed payments were made by José Carlos Bumlai and the construction companies OAS and Odebrecht to former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and people associated [with him].”
“There is evidence that former President Lula received payments in the Petrobras scheme by means of the allotment and renovation of a triplex apartment on a ranch in Atibaia, the delivery of luxury furniture in the two properties and the storage of goods by a carrier,” read the prosecutors' note, in which they also maintain that, over the course of the 23 previous stages of Operation Car Wash, “rather consistent evidence has been amassed which indicates that money embezzlement scheme at Petrobras benefited companies, which grew rich at the expense of the coffers of the state-run company; Petrobras employees, who sold favors; professional money embezzlers, who effected the delivery of of bribes; politicians and political parties which provided the support to Petrobras employees, and received in exchange the largest slice of the bribe money, which enriched and financed campaigns.”
Payments to the ex-president by companies investigated under Operation Car Wash will be further probed into. The police will ascertain whether the transactions were in fact carried out as donations and payment for lectures. This Friday, the operation is mobilizing 200 federal police, 30 Federal Revenue auditors and military police in three states.
Translated by Fabrício Ferreira
Fonte: Agência Brasil.