Palocci spills the beans. The one who loses is Lula

Antonio Palocci

Antonio Palocci

  |  Ueslei Marcelino-Reuters

The former Minister Antonio Palocci details corruption scheme organized by the PT and leaves the former PT president farther from freedom.

Nothing like one day after another. PT members were celebrating that from September onwards, the former President Lula, sentenced to 8 years and 10 months in jail for corruption in the case of the Guarujá triplex, would have everything to obtain the right to a modification of the sentence, which could put him at least in house arrest, with an electronic anklet. The dissemination of the messages stolen from the cell phones of prosecutors in Curitiba and of the former judge Sergio Moro favored the climate around the PT former leader. But the disclosure of the content of the witness immunity accusation made by former Minister Antonio Palocci turned the table and left Lula in a bad situation again, which will certainly weigh against him when the Supreme Court ministers analyze whether or not they put him on probation. According to the agreement signed by Palocci with the Federal Police, already duly approved by the Minister Edson Fachin, Lava Jato's rapporteur at the Supreme Court, the PT received a total of R$ 270,5 million from public works contractors, from 2002 to 2014, for financing Lula and Dilma Rousseff's campaigns, as well as another R$ 50 million from banking institutions to support the PT's presidential campaigns, especially those of the former president. Palocci spilled the beans: in addition to Lula and Dilma, very important PT members, such as former governors and former ministers, received bribes from favored companies during PT's governments. At least 16 businessmen financially supported the party's presidential campaigns with slush funds dirty money.

Former minister of Lula's Finance and Dilma's Civil House, Palocci spoke openly. He said the bribes came from large business groups that have benefited from PT's governments in tax reliefs, BNDES credit lines, merger aids, and support from the PT base in Congress for measures of their interests. In the operetta narrated by Palocci, there are even operations to prevent actions against corruption by contractors in Superior Courts, such as the STJ. The constructor Camargo Corrêa, for example, paid a bribe to the PT to end the investigation of "Castelo de Areia", which was affecting it. Palocci says that the PT worked behind the scenes to nullify this operation and that the "reward" was the payment of at least R$ 50 million in bribes paid by Camargo Corrêa, all as electoral donations for Dilma's 2010 elections and for other party politicians, such as Gleisi Hoffmann, now the president of PT.

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