Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles denied any connection with the companies related to J & F Participações, holding company owner of several companies, including JBS, the world's biggest meat producer.
One of the companies owned by the holding company, the Eldorado Celulose, is the target of the new phase of Operation Car Wash launched today (Jul. 1) by the Federal Police. Dubbed Sepsis, the operation name refers to a systemic infection case, when an infectious agent affects more than one organ.
According to the minister, when returning to the government, Meirelles left all the private companies and also the J & F Participações, where he chaired the Board of Directors. "I have nothing left with any of these companies. I had been invited to all of them and accepted, but I negotiated closing contracts with them," he said today (1), in an interview with radio station of the media group Estado.
About Operation Car Wash, Henrique Meirelles said this operation is absolutely relevant, good, and important for the Brazilian economy. "I have been pointing out for a long time that, currently, the Brazil's cornerstone is, increasingly, its institutions. Whether the judiciary branch, the legislative, the prosecution offices, or the executive. What is very clear in Brazil is the independence of institutions and its free press. In my opinion, this gives strength for us to believe in Brazil's future," he stated.
In a press release, the Eldorado company declared they are not aware of the reasons for the police operation conducted today and reported that the company has always acted transparently and that they are only involved in licit activities," read the statement.
JBS company has also issued a statement, addressed to their shareholders and to the market, in which it denies being targeted by this new phase of Operation Car Wash. "The company and its executives have not been targeted by and have no relation to the Federal Police's operation carried out this morning," the note pointed out.
In addition to the action in São Paulo, the operation also serves warrants in Rio de Janeiro, Pernambuco, and the Federal District. This phase's activities were authorized by Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki, in charge of the Operation Car Wash case in the court.
Translated by Amarílis Anchieta
Fonte: Agência Brasil.