Second in Line of Presidential Succession in Brazil Guilty of Extortion

The owner of the Fiorella, a restaurant and snack bar chain, Sebastião Augusto Buani, has confirmed that he paid more than US$ 47,000 (110,000 reais) during 2002 and 2003 to federal deputy Severino Cavalcanti.

Cavalcanti, from the PP party of Pernambuco state, was the first secretary of the Chamber of Deputies at the time and is now the president of the Chamber of Deputies, and after the vice president, next in the line of presidential succession.


According to Buani, he had a concession contract to operate restaurants and snack bars in the congressional office building in Brasí­lia, the capital of Brazil.


However, when Cavalcanti, who as first secretary controlled concession contracts, threatened to terminate the contract, or refused to renew it, Buani began paying him a monthly kickback of US$ 4,300 (10,000 reais) in order to stay in business.


Buani, says that the money was always paid in cash, but he has concrete proof of the deal in the form of a single check from June 2003 which was cashed by Cavalcanti’s congressional office. He also has witnesses who saw the transaction with the check.


ABr

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil Betting Biodiesel Will Free It from Foreign Oil

Although Brazil is a big petroleum producer, it still has to import diesel for ...

Indians Get Their Tent and Puxirum at Brazil’s WSF

In the previous editions of the World Social Forum (WSF), the participation of Indians ...

Brazilian president Lula vacationing

Brazil Waits for Lula to Return from Holiday

No-one could accuse Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of being greedy for ...

RAPIDINHAS

It’s a pity we can’t talk by phone on Sundays any more. It’s a ...

Brazil Opens Space to India’s Automaker Mahindra

One more foreign company is going to start producing cars in Brazil. It is ...

Brazilian University Starts Cooperation with African Schools

The University of Manouba, in Tunisia, is interested in projects for special education developed ...

Brazil’s Housing Plans for the Poor Look Good Only on Paper

The two most recent floods that have hit Brazil have served to underline the ...

Lula Blames Gossip for Brazilian Crisis

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva declared that he was indignant because of ...

Venezuela-Brazil Gas Pipeline, the World’s Biggest, Gets New Momentum

The final project for the gas pipeline (gasoduto) that is to link Argentina and ...

Brazil: Picking a Fight with the U.S. Is not Smart

At the recent WTO talks in Cancun, Brazil was impatient and was singled out ...