Brazil Lula’s Top Advisor Knew of Vote Buying, Says Head of Labor Party

Private and government companies helped financed the “vote buying” in the Brazilian Congress revealed the Lower House representative who first talked about the explosive issue to the newspaper with the largest circulation in Brazil.

In an interview with Folha do S. Paulo, Roberto Jefferson said that the Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva administration made “monthly payments” of US$ 12,000 to members of Congress with funds provided by private and government owned companies to Delúbio Soares, Treasurer of the ruling Workers Party and accused of actually delivering the bribes.


In the interview Mr. Jefferson does not identify the companies involved but reveals that the money was paid cash.


“As far as I know the money arrived in Brasí­lia in briefcases,” said the Brazilian federal Deputy.


However Mr. Jefferson denied he had material evidence of the payments or tapes to support his claims.


“I can say I saw it done,” added Mr. Jefferson who on Tuesday will be grilled in Congress over the matter. “I’ll talk about facts and conversations I had”.


Mr. Jefferson added that José Genoí­no head of the Workers Party and José Dirceu chief political advisor in President Lula da Silva’s cabinet “were aware of the payments”, but “I can’t say the same about active participation from the President”.


“Several times I talked about the bribes with Genoí­no and Soares in Dirceu’s office”, insisted Mr. Jefferson.


Last Wednesday Genoí­no and Soares, (responsible for funds collecting in the presidential campaign of 2002) denied the accusations which they described as “political extortion”.


Mr. Jefferson is head of the Brazilian Labor Party, a right wing grouping which last week broke off from the ruling coalition following the charges.


This article appeared originally in Mercopress – www.mercopress.com.

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

After End of Check Tax Brazil Looks for Ways to Fund Anti-Poverty Programs

The administration of Brazil's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has suffered a major ...

Abranches’ Sneak Preview

American audiences will soon have the chance to know the work of filmmaker Aluizio ...

Mission Accomplished. Brazilian Soldiers Leave East Timor.

A Brazilian Air Force (FAB) Boeing landed this Tuesday, May 24, in Porto Alegre, ...

The Egyptian Antiques of Brazil’s Masp Museum

The São Paulo Art Museum (Masp) has in its collection Egyptian archaeological items. The ...

Brazilians doing business in Casablanca's roundtable

For Brazilians, Casablanca Is the Beginning of a Beautiful Deal

The majority of representatives of Brazilian companies participating in a mission to North Africa, ...

Brazil Inflation Reaches 6% in Last 12 Months

Brazil’s Broad Consumer Price Index (Àndice Nacional de Preços ao Consumidor Amplo) (IPCA) rose ...

Brazil’s Landless Lesson: the Bounty of the Land Is for All

On May 17th, Brazilian news media reported that 50 people were injured as landless ...

Central Market in Florianópolis, state of Santa Catarina, Brazil

A Few Ways to Legally Move to Brazil Without Having to Marry a Brazilian

Immigration visa to Brazil will be granted only to applicants who satisfy the special ...

Brazil’s Benchmark Interest Rate Raised to 19.5%

The Monetary Policy Committee (Copom) of the Brazilian Central Bank (BC) resolved on Wednesday, ...