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Friends Shelve Corruption Charges Against Brazilian Senate President

Brazil's Senate president José Sarney Protected by a network of old political friends Brazilian Senate president José Sarney managed to slip away from a battery of corruption, nepotism and secret-resolution charges against him, following the Ethics Council decision to shelve the case with no debate.

"I don't fear public opinion. I adore making decisions on my own," said Senator Paulo Duque the Senate Ethics Council president, who belongs to the same party as Sarney, Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, PMDB.

Since Duque did not convene the Ethics Council, the opposition will attempt to appeal the decision. Sarney is at the heart of long standing investigation which has virtually paralyzed the Brazilian congress activities for months, mainly because of claims of misuse of public funds.

Sarney is accused among other things of employing relatives in the Senate; participating in hundreds of secret decisions and a donation from the country's oil and gas corporation Petrobras allegedly ended benefiting companies belonging to his relatives.

However dozens of other Senators and even Deputies face similar claims.

"The Senate is in a state of institutional calamity, terribly serious reciprocal accusations against party leaders have become an intolerable framework which puts democracy at risk," said the president of Brazil's Solicitors College Cezar Britto in an official statement released Saturday.

The head of Brazilian attorneys stated that making the full house of 81 senators resign was the "ideal solution."

Former president Sarney, 1985/1990, is one of the main leaders of the center road party PMDB which is also a crucial ally of Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's ruling coalition.

Lula has repeatedly come out in defense of Sarney but not the ruling Workers Party that openly asked for his ousting.

Last Wednesday in a speech before the full house Sarney said he was innocent of all charges and insisted he would remain in the post.

That same day Senator Demóstenes Torres from the conservative opposition said that "we (Senators) are a gang of crooks" with spurious interests, that has lost all credibility before public opinion following months of claims of corruption that extended to the entire house.

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  • lloyd cata

    … and that’s the way it is!
    So it comes around to ‘open’ corruption. Why don’t the sentors just legislate their own theivery and put it into law. Essentially this is what they have done. Worse than Mr. Chavez because it is not through ignorance that they disgrace themselves, it is because their intellect tells them that they have every right to plunder the public trust and wealth. Are they not elected to ‘master’ over the great Brazillian plantation?
    What is worst, and indeed frightening, is the message this sends to the entire business community to either ‘play ball’ or find yourself another country to do business. The pressure to pay off these criminals will be immense throughout the Brazillian economic community. These corrupt practices will eventually cast Brazil back into the economic chaos seen in previous decades. Even the Empire was not immune to economic chaos resulting from the greed and corruption in the political/economic arena. Then the West will throw Brazil back into second-class economy and they will strangle you with your own status as a nation of petty corruption.
    Perhaps the senators truly believe that what they are doing is greasing the wheels of economic prosperity, a necessary evil of capitalist formation. They reason amongst themselves that there is no harm with such enormous resources in the economy. “Enough for all of their family and friends and what’s left for the people”. Political democracy, economic autocracy, and social stratification becoming the ‘New Brazil’. What they fail to see is the threat to the entire nation of those who would sell their constitutional authority and betray the people for personal enrichment. This corruption labels Petrobras as one of the largest financiers of corruption in the world. A distinction the corporation can do little to influence. There are many directors in Petrobras who are against this corruption, but as they now see very clearly, this corruption may as well be a constitutional authority within the government. So let the word go out among the world; Brazil is where anything can be bought and sold; including the integrity of its government.
    Right now everyone wishes to jump into the Brazillian economy, and with recent oil wealth to grease the wheels there is a lot of grease to go around, but again we come to the experience of Africa, and Nigeria in particular. See what happens when corruption kills economic progress, fragments the society, and leaves the people at the mercy of foriegn profiteers. See how calculated is the course laid out for Brazil by those who consider themselves as intellectually superior to Brazilians and therefore entitled to steal from the people. How much easier it is to destabilize a nation when even the drug lords have contempt for the government, when business leaders know their decisions must be made with the calculation of the payoff.
    Remember, Brazil sits at the heart of destabilizing Latin America. There is no greater prize for the Empire than controlling Brazil and South America.

  • disapointed

    This Senat and its leader continues to treat the people with utter contempt and is a disgrace to Brasil it should be disolved and not replaced until new ways can be found to ensure honesty and integrity are at its roots.

  • Manda Chuva

    The “Great Novela” with the end known in the 1À‚º Capitulo itself is over. Now Ya all get back to your work desks, stop whining and continue paying your Taxes.

    To that fella who commented:

    [quote]Cezar would love nothing more than to turn Brazil into one big CUBA! [/quote]

    You should change your screen name to “Gullible”.

    To rest of the wimps : DonÀ‚´t get disheartened. There will be many more exciting Novelas in the coming months.

  • Unbelievable

    Well of course…
    [quote]”The Senate is in a state of institutional calamity, terribly serious reciprocal accusations against party leaders have become an intolerable framework which puts democracy at risk,” said the president of Brazil’s Solicitors College Cezar Britto in an official statement released Saturday.

    The head of Brazilian attorneys stated that making the full house of 81 senators resign was the “ideal solution.” [/quote]

    Cezar would love nothing more than to turn Brazil into one big CUBA!

    Naturally with he and his pals calling the shot.

  • Unbelievable

    I just wasted…
    the last 45 minutes of my life watching TV Senado. Now, listen to this. I tuned in just in time to see Sr. Fernando Collar’s speech. He berated the press and said they’re only telling a part of the story and that they are to blame for this entire situation. But here’s the kicker……he compared the attacks against Jose Sarney to the crucification of Jesus Christ!!!!

    For the love of god man. This country is F-U-C-K-E-D!

  • ch.c.

    “we (Senators) are a gang of crooks” with spurious interests, that has lost all credibility before public opinion following months of claims of corruption that extended to the entire house. ”
    Dont worry Everyone knows this.
    But you and your partners in crime will continue to get elected for the simple reason that EVERY Brazilian expect
    secretly to become a direct beneficiary, one way or the other, of your corruptions practices !

    All Brazilians are blessing you and sing….LONG LIVE TO THE CROOKS !

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