Temer’s Foreign Minister ‘Corrupted Millions’ in Petrobas Graft

Jose Serra funded his presidential campaign in 2010 with money from the country’s largest corruption scheme.

Brazil’s current Foreign Minister Jose Serra received US$7.2 million from the corruption scheme in the state-run oil company Petrobras, which was deposited in a bank account in Switzerland and helped fund Serra’s presidential campaign in 2010.

The announcement comes after Pedro Novis, former president of Odebrecht from 2002 to 2009, the country’s largest construction company, revealed that several politicians including Serra were involved in the scandal.

The former Odebrecht chief made the allegations after he was arrested and according to local media, Folha de Sao Paulo, he provided details of those involved as part of a plea deal.

The Brazilian task force in charge of carrying out “Operation Car Wash,” the huge investigation into Petrobas, have said they believe that Odebrecht officials can provide details of around US$13 billion in dirty contracts.

According to Odebrecht’s legal team, the preliminary terms of the plea bargain will include testimony and evidence linking hundreds of Brazil’s most powerful politicians in the illegal bribery scheme including 35 senators, 13 governors, dozens of mayors and current President Michel Temer.

The former president said the money transfer was done through former lawmakers Ronaldo Cezar Coelho and Marcio Fortes.

Serra allegedly used the money to pay for his presidential bid in 2010, in which he lost to ousted president and Workers’ Party leader Dilma Rousseff. He ran for president on behalf of right-wing coalitions and was soundly rejected by the Brazilian people twice.

As senator, Serra played a key role in mobilizing support within the Social Democratic Party for the coup against Dilma. The party is still led by President Temer and was once part of the ruling coalition before they turned their back on Rousseff.

Originally published by Telesur English at: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Temers-Foreign-Minister-Corrupted-Millions-in-Petrobas-Graft-20161028-0024.html

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