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After Robbery Ordeal, Wife of Brazil’s Finance Minister Refuses to Go to Police

Brazilian businessman Vítor Sandri's house in Ibiúna, São Paulo

Brazilian businessman VÀ­tor Sandri's house in Ibiúna, São Paulo Brazil's Finance Minister, Guido Mantega, who was held hostage for over four hours, last week, during Carnaval, while three gunmen negotiated a US$ 10,000 loot after having invaded a friend's house where he was staying, is still refusing to talk about his ordeal.

His wife, psychoanalyst Eliane Mantega, who was with him, broke the silence, however, in an interview to O Globo, a daily from Rio de Janeiro.

The minister's wife said they are avoiding the subject and refusing to be interviewed to limit their exposition to the media and to spare their 6-year-old son, who was with them, but apparently slept throughout the dramatic experience.

Eliane called the robbers "chicken thieves" who could not even drive a car and had to be taken to a nearby neighborhood after they got their money.

While witnesses have told police that the minister and everybody else in the house – some 20 people – had to hand over their money and valuables, Mrs Mantega said that nobody else besides their host was robbed.

Eliane told o Globo that the hooded gunmen were very considerate with everybody and even separated the house employees from the affluent guests saying that they wouldn't steal from people as poor as themselves. She insisted that the gunmen were "superkind" to everybody and found a socioeconomic explanation for what happened:

"It's no use to keep talking about the case and exposing ourselves. What is needed is that Brazil improves the police, the economy, in order to reduce poverty and violence. There was nothing serious, it's the press that's creating factoids, writing lies. It was nothing serious, just this thing about violence, which is widespread."

Mantega and his host, Ví­tor Garcia Sandri, have been criticized for trying to conceal from the police what went on in the Ibiúna ranch – 40 miles from São Paulo city – where they were spending Carnaval together.

The robbery went on from about 11 pm of Tuesday, February 13, to around 4 am the next day, but the police were only notified on Friday. According to the minister's wife, Guido Mantega only didn't report the incident to the police because he had a scheduled meeting with President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Brasí­lia.

"Guido needed to go to Brasí­lia because he had a meeting with Lula. We only managed to leave the ranch around 6 am. We got to São Paulo at 9 am, without any sleep, and his flight was leaving at noon."

Eliane also denied information given to the police by one employee that she had been forced to accompany the house owner when he was taken by one of the gunmen to get the money they wanted.

"This is a lie," she says. "Just another factoid. We never left the house."

It isn't clear until now if Sandri had the cash available at his home in São Paulo or if he had to withdraw money via ATM from several bank accounts until he gathered the required 20,000 reais or about US$ 9,600.

Mrs. Mantega also revealed that their 6-year-old kid, who was sleeping by her side, was never bothered by the robbers. And explained the reason for their secrecy: "We didn't want our children to know, or to be exposed. We don't like this scandal in the press, this is very bad for our children. And, actually, nothing happened, everyone is OK."

The minister's wife said that she has no intention to go to the police, not even to recognize the suspects. "I don't want to identify anyone," she said giving vent to her frustration. "We had enough of this."

On Friday the Ibiúna police arrested three suspects who are being charged with robbing several ranches in the area. Sandri went to the police station but said that he could not recognize the men caught by the police as the gunmen who robbed his house:

"I'm still very shaken with all that happened. But I believe that they are not the same robbers who invaded my property."

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  • all american

    these clowns

  • all american

    DON,T SEND THEM HERE !
    the criminals , now flush with 9600. head out to governador valadares pay their trafficker ,and leave for mexico to cross the border to the u.s., where they hope to continue their “chicken little” criminality…

  • Andy Murphy

    I agree with Mrs.Mantega. The money that was robbed was not all that much,considering the earning capacity of her and her husband. The poor robbers treated everyone with courtesy and as the Brazilians say “com educaÀƒ§Àƒ£o”.In fact the thieves deserved more than what they got.In their prestigeous situation, the minister and his wife should have considered the stolen money of 20,000 Reais as a government hand out to the “pobres e humildes”. However, what surprises me is that the Mantegas decided to complain to the Police about the incident (after almost 4 days),but refused to press further charges.

    It does not give confidence to the tourists and the potential investors in Brazil, when they hear about the Supreme Court Justices being waylaid and the ministeres being robbed at their homes. The funny part of it that these important office holders do not want to press charges.Boy, I only hope that the situation down there doesnt deteriorate further.

  • Gringo Dingo

    [quote]Eliane told o Globo that the hooded gunmen were very considerate with everybody and even separated the house employees from the affluent guests saying that they wouldn’t steal from people as poor as themselves.[/quote]

    Meaning, they took the employees into another room to thank them for the lead, and gave them their cut of the take. Nothing different here folks, move along. Just another day in Bananalandia.

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    20.000 US
    WHAT DID THEY TAKE ,
    that is a lot of money , they will have to double up on the scams to recoup there losses

    mabey it was a set up by his friend to gain back money lost in a failed deal .
    insurance fraud ????

    and what drugs was tke kid on to sleep through the whole thing

  • bo

    I’ll tell ya…
    I’ve came to the conclusion that things are just not going to get better here during my liftetime. It’s a shame, particularly for my daughter, but it won’t be too much longer until I pack it in here.

  • Ric

    I WAS WRONG
    When I said that a mugging would make a conservative out of a liberal. In this case Diogo had it right in his Veja column: Guy gets his car stolen, the current Brazilian thinking is that the real blame goes to the guy who was affluent enough to have a Celta, not the robber. As long as this is the thinking, nothing gets better.

  • ch.c.

    she said…..There was nothing serious !!!!!
    Of course NOT ! So common and normal that the brazilians expecting a reduction in assaults, robberies, crimes……..are SOOOOO wrong !!!!!!

    Medias dont say the truth…of course !!!!! Brazil is a peacful country, there are no deaths squads, no criminals, no corruption, no need of police (why if there are no crimes), police just control the road traffics.

    She may as well say that there is no poverty, no favelas ! Pure Medias inventions !

  • bo

    [quote]”It’s no use to keep talking about the case and exposing ourselves. What is needed is that Brazil improves the police, the economy, in order to reduce poverty and violence. There was nothing serious, it’s the press that’s creating factoids, writing lies. It was nothing serious, just this thing about violence, which is widespread.”[/quote]

    LOL…wtf. These people are fucking classic idiots. Not to mention afraid of their own shadow! Nothing serious??

    “Oh, no big deal, little carnaval, little caiporoska, samba, held hostage for 5 hours, more samba, ya know, brazil. Let’s not make a big thing of this, mmm’k? We have a 6 year old boy that we don’t want to traumatize, yes, that’s right, he was sleeping throughout the entire ordeal….”

    I mean what kind of examples are the very LEADERS of this country??? They don’t want to get involved!! WTF does that tell you??? The very leaders of brazil just “give in” to the criminals. The war is over, it never began! Brazil is dominated, politicially and socially, but a BANDA DE LAUDRÀƒ”¢ES!

  • bo

    [quote]The robbery went on from about 11 pm of Tuesday, February 13, to around 4 am the next day, but the police were only notified on Friday. According to the minister’s wife, Guido Mantega only didn’t report the incident to the police because he had a scheduled meeting with President Luiz InÀƒ¡cio Lula da Silva in BrasÀƒ­lia.

    “Guido needed to go to BrasÀƒ­lia because he had a meeting with Lula. We only managed to leave the ranch around 6 am. We got to SÀƒ£o Paulo at 9 am, without any sleep, and his flight was leaving at noon.” [/quote]

    Normally you get robbed AFTER you’ve met with the president…..oh boy, things getting worse and worse! 😉

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