Brazil’s Former Workers Party Chief Washes Hands: I Didn’t Touch Finances

The former president of Brazil’s Workers Party (PT), José GenoÀ­no, affirmed Tuesday, September 13, before the Joint Parliamentary Investigation Commission (CPMI) on Vote Buying that the scheme of monthly payments to members of the legislature in return for backing the government, the so-called “mensalão,” does not exist. “The exchange of money for support was never discussed,” GenoÀ­no declared.

Genoí­no also stated that he had knowledge of only two loans he co-signed while he was president of the party. One, for US$ 860 thousand (2.4 million reais), from the BMG (Banco de Minas Gerais), in February, 2003, and the second, for US$ 1.29 million (3 million reais), in May, 2003, from the Rural Bank.


He said that he only learned about the loans made by the entrepreneur, Marcos Valério, when they were publicized in the press. “I was never aware of unreported financial activity in the party.”


Valério is accused of managing the “mensalão,” and he lent US$ 23.7 million (55 million reais) to the PT during the period when Delúbio Soares was treasurer of the party.


According to Genoí­no, Soares was in charge of collecting funds and paying the party’s expenses. Genoí­no also affirmed that, when he took over as president of the party, he said that he would not involve himself in three areas: the negotiation of federal government posts, party administration, and the financial activities of the party.


He affirmed that, during this period, he was responsible for the party’s political understandings and alliances.


Agência Brasil

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Your email address will not be published.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

Eyes Wild Open

More than $1.4 billion was spent on Sivam, which consists of a monitoring system ...

Car Exporters in Brazil Get New Line of Credit from BNDES

The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) announced the creation of a new line of credit ...

Venezuela’s Upcoming Elections, a Test of Brazil’s New Pro-democracy Stance

Venezuela’s president Hugo Chávez has just died after a prolonged battle with cancer. While ...

U.S.A. Calendar – 1995

THURSDAY 3 MIAMI 8:00 PM – Rio Ecstasy with Marta Sargentelli at Scala Miami ...

With 38,000 New Cases of Leprosy a Year, Brazil Appeals to UN

A letter signed by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva this week will ...

Brazil’s Trade Surplus Grows 33% Reaching US$ 44 Billion

From the beginning of the year through last week, Brazilian companies exported US$ 44 ...

War-Mongering US Military Has Surrounded Brazil, Says Brazilian Analyst

For over 50 years, Brazilian retired professor Luiz Alberto Moniz Bandeira has studied the ...

Brazilian Meat Giant JBS-Friboi Exports Expected to Grow More in US than Brazil

Brazil's JBS-Friboi group, a meat producer and the world's leading bovine slaughterhouse, increased its ...

Brazil Detains 18 People Involved in Murder of Indian Leader

The Brazilian police have arrested 18 people accused of killing  an indigenous leader last ...

As Expected, Brazil’s Key Interest Rate Drops to Still High 15.75%

Wednesday, April 19, Brazil’s equivalent of the Fed, the Monetary Policy Committee (Comitê de ...