“Money, what is called money, we always did it in Latin America and Africa.” This is the confession of a former Odebrecht executive explaining that the payment of bribes (bribes) to politicians and officials was already part of the philosophy of the Brazilian multinational. And the best proof was when in April 2017, the number 1 of the company, Marcelo Odebrechtconfessed to the judge sergio moro that the former president Lula Ignacio da Silva He appeared on the forms that recorded the bribes of the Brazilian construction company with the code name “Amigo”. In addition, she declared before the Justice to have paid some $4.15 million in cash to the former president between 2012 and 2013.
As detailed by Odrebrecht, who signed an award agreement with the Justice to reduce possible sentences, the money was delivered to the former president by Branislav Konticadviser to the former Minister of Finance Antonio Palocci, who also appears in the documents of the construction company with the code name of “Italian”. According to the former CEO of Odebrecht, Paolocci was in charge of mobilizing resources for Lula’s Workers’ Party and his political goddaughter, former president Dilma Rousseff.
Odrebrecht’s modus operandi was the one followed by many companies in Latin America that have lived in the shadow of power. “In those countries it is essential to maintain a privileged relationship with the local political elite. The philosophy of the Odebrecht group, embodied in a document entitled Odebrecht Entrepreneurial Technology or TEO, determines that no effort should be spared to keep the customer satisfied —and for Odebrecht, the customer is not the State or society, but the ruler of the day— », explains the journalist Santiago Vallejo in his book Operation Lava Jato.
Odebrecht presented as evidence two templates in which Lula’s code name appears. In the first, dated June 31, 2012, it is detailed that Lula had 7.3 million dollars at his disposal, while the second, dated March 31, 2014, indicated an amount of 3.2 million dollars. reported EFE.
Sentenced to 19 years in prison, Odebrecht claimed to have given the money to Lula, president of Brazil between 2003 and 2010, in payments made between 2012 and 2013. The businessman also explained that he made several payments to the Lula Institutedirected by the former president, for the purchase of land on which a building was to be built where the entity would have its headquarters.