Brazil: Corruption Probe Reveals Payments to Politicians


Over a corruption probe in Brazil, top newspapers on Wednesday disclosed the scans of spreadsheets revealing payments made to politicians by a company.

About 60 pieces of information were disclosed by O Estado de S. Paulo, O Globo on its website. The spreadsheets revealed the payments related to the elections in 2010, 2012 and 2014, reports Star Tribune.

O Estado de S. Paulo, O Globo and Folha de S. Paulo reported that the spreadsheets were found following a probe at a home of an executive of  Odebrecht construction giant.  The company was involved in the Petrobras scandal.

Dozens of spreadsheets , which seem to appear as a list of payments made to 200 politicians, were seized by police. It included monetary values and code names of the officials, reports WBOC.

The lists of Cabinet ministers, legislators, governors and mayors from about 18 parties were questioned about their embroilment in the corruption issue. Although, the spreadsheets have no clear account whether the payments were illicitly made or were legitimate campaign donations.

Of those listed, some politicians are: Education Minister Aloizio Mercadante; one of the founders of Worker’s Party, Sen. Aecio Neves; president of Brazilian Social Democracy Party(PSDB), who lost presidential run-off against Dilma Rousseff in 2014, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes; the government official who is the driving force of the Olympic Games in the city on Aug. 5-21, and Eduardo Cunha; an opposition who dragged Dilma Rousseff’s government over fiscal misconduct.

Cunha was charged with bribery and has denied of any illegitimate campaign contributions from Odebrecht.

The spreadsheets were removed from the home of the president of Odebrecht Infrastructure, Benedicto Barbosa da Silva Junior during a police search in February. They were taken as significant evidence in the probe conducted by federal Judge Sergio Moro in the southern city of Curitiba.

Ahead of a raid on Tuesday, Odebrecht Infrastructure assured its cooperation in the probe.”We hope that our explanations contribute significantly to the institutions of law in Brazil and help construct a better Brazil.” said the company.

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