Brazilian Government Denies Charges of Violating Banking Privacy

Brazil’s Minister of Institutional Relations, Jaques Wagner, assured Wednesday, March 22, that the Planalto Palace (the presidential executive office) was not the source of any request to violate the banking privacy of Francenildo Costa.

Costa is the caretaker who accused the Brazilian Finance Minister, Antônio Palocci, of participation in a scheme to divvy up unreported political campaign funds collected in Ribeirão Preto, in the interior of São Paulo state, where he was mayor.

"I can guarantee that no orientation emerged from the Planalto Palace to violate the legal order of the democratic State," the minister declared during a seminar sponsored by the Council of Economic and Social Development, in Brasí­lia.

Wagner stressed that the violation of banking privacy represents an act of "violence against people’s democratic rights" but that it will only be possible to identify who was responsible after the Federal Police investigation that is currently underway is concluded.

"Whoever was responsible for violating privacy, which is inadmissible in a democratic State, must be punished," he pointed out.

The minister also insisted that Palocci has the support of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and will be kept on as minister of finance. "President Lula backs Palocci’s position. Unless the investigations reveal something that impedes it, Minister Palocci will remain in his post."

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  • Guest

    OHHHHHHH….
    …BRAZIL HAS NOT AND IS NOT RECOGNIZED TO HAVE A CULTURE OF CORRUPTION ?????

    HAVE YOU NEVER READ THE BRAZILIAN NEWSPAPERS ?????
    NEVER HEARD OF THE MANY CPMI INVESTIGATIONS ????

    WAKE UP !

  • Guest

    TO THE IDIOT ABOVE
    DOES A”CULTURE OF CORRUPTION” RINGS THE BELL WITH YOU???
    BE PROUD SIGN YOUR NAME!!!

  • Guest

    In Brazil……
    …ALL corrupted and lying politicians are saying the truth and everyone who say the truth is a liar !
    And worse, the justice ghive always reasons to those who have the power.
    Your laws are an insult to democracy !
    No high levels government members or politicians are accountable for what they did illegally ! NO ONE !
    Strange country !
    Medieval country !

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