By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On Thursday morning (September 22nd), the 34th phase of the Lava Jato (Car Wash) investigation was put into action, with 180 police officers handing out 33 search warrants and eight arrest warrants in five states, including one for former Finance Minister, Guido Mantega.

Brazil,Former Finance Guido Mantega arrested in connection with Lava Jato corruption scandal,
Former Finance Guido Mantega arrested in connection with Lava Jato corruption scandal, photo by Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom /Agência Brasil.

“At this phase of the police operation we are investigating facts related to companies hired by Petrobras for the construction of two pre-salt oil exploration platforms (P-67 and P70),” said the statement issued by the federal police early Thursday morning. According to the statement, prosecutors are looking into companies and individuals for acts of corruption, fraud in bidding, conspiracy, and money laundering.

Local media is reporting that Mantega, former Finance Minister during Luis Inacio Lula da Silva’s and Dilma Rousseff’s administrations, was picked up by police at the hospital, where he was accompanying his wife who underwent a surgical procedure.

Brazil’s Federal Public Ministry released a document alleging that ‘despite having no tradition in the specific market of construction and integration of platforms’ the consortium formed by Mendes Junior and OSX signed a contract with Petrobras for US$922 million to construct the two pre-salt platforms.

The document also notes that former Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista, owner of OSX, while being questioned stated that in 2012 he gave R$5 million (US$2.35 million at the time) to the PT (Workers Party) at Mantega’s request. At the time the former Finance Minister was also the president of Petrobras’ Board of Administration.

Also being investigated during this phase of the mega-corruption scandal are corporate executives from construction giant Mendes Junior and Batista’s OSX Construção Naval (shipbuilding company).

1 COMMENT

  1. The evidence against the totally corrupt and evil communist PT backed government of Lula and Dilma just keeps building up!

    Not surprizingly, Lula and Dilma will claim they had absolutely no knowledge of the illegal actions of their former finance minister Mantega. The people of Brazil are expected to believe Lula and Dilma, while both served as President of Brazil, were blissfully ignorant of ANY illegal activities within their own PT party and among their government agencies and ministers.

    Isn’t that what they have claimed in their own defence? Dilma was an innocent victim in her impeachment and Lula is an innocent victim of Sergio Moro’s personally led attack to prevent his future bid for another term as President.

    When the Lavo Jato investigation is finally concluded and all the dust settles, and the the billions and billions of R$ stolen by the Lula, Dilma, PT regime are tabulated, the amount of money will be staggering!

    As a fitting memorial to the PT party legacy in Brazil, Lula and Dilma could afford to have a new “politically funded” mountain built next to Corcovado.They could call it Montanha PT and it would be higher since the construction would be funded by their endless supply of illegally obtained public money.

    On the top could be two effigies, one of Lula and one of Dilma with their arms outstretched, looking down upon the statue of the Cristo Rendentorn. This is how Lula and Dilma want to be remembered.

    The true saviours of Brazilian democracy and leaders of the Brazilian people!

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