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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The week promises to be tense in Brasília, Brazil, with the signed plea bargains by 77 executives and former employees of Odebrecht being sent by prosecutors to the country’s Supreme Court on Monday. The plea bargains are part of the on-going Lava Jato (Car Wash) corruption scandal investigation.

Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavaski, Lava Jato, STF, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazil News
Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavaski is due to review Lava Jato evidence this week, photo byJosé Cruz/Agência Brasil.

The Odebrecht plea bargains will be reviewed by Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavasck who presides over the Lava Jato case in the Supreme Court.

The Justice has already signaled that he will ask his aides to spend the month of January going over the depositions and re-interviewing the executives without the presence of their lawyers or prosecutors so that they can confirm their written statements are truthful and were made of their own free will.

Justice Zavasck is expected to render his verdict on whether he will accept the plea bargains in early February, when the Supreme Court sessions return after end-of-year recess.

Although in theory the depositions are supposed to be kept in secrecy, local media outlets reported last week that two of the executives heard named several politicians in the bribery scandal, including some currently working for President Michel Temer’s Administration.

Daily newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported last week that in one of the executives’ depositions President Temer’s name appears 43 times, his Chief of Staff, Eliseu Padilha, 45 times and the Government’s Secretary for Private-Public Investments, Moreira Franco 34 times.

Last week, President Temer asked the federal prosecutor’s office as well as the Supreme Court to hurry the investigation and its conclusions. Temer said that the government’s fiscal adjustment measures have ‘been affected by the illegitimate disclosure’ of statements by prosecutors.

According to the President, as long as the accusations are not completed and ratified, the country will continue in a ‘climate of distrust that creates uncertainty’.

In all, political analysts believe that as many as two hundred politicians from all political parties maybe named by the executives as being involved in the corruption graft.

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  1. If Brazil is ever to have a truly stable, effectual, democratic government representing the best interests of the Brazilian people, with clear accountability, severe punishment and devastating consequences for breach of trust, a complete review and overhaul of the Brazilian Constitution is needed. An independent, non partisan, constitutional review committee, who reports back to the STF, not the President, or Senate or Chamber of Deputies, should be charged with this task. Identify and eliminate all of the elements which have allowed the government to become so corrupt and farcical.

    Not more adjustments, variations, additions, deletions or amendments. No loop holes, inconsistencies or vague language. Continuing to patch and repair the Constitution no longer works. An imaginative, contemporary Constitution, which will address and resolve the complex social, political, economic, implosion now destroying Brazil. Start from scratch and draft a completely new Constitution.The alternative is a return to military rule. Stable but not democratic.

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