PF viveu guerra e espionagem para prender Dantas: The online Terra Magazine, edited by the veteran Bob Fernandes — Spanish-language editions are being readied for other markets in which the Terra portal operates, it looks like (the portal has recently been redesigned, and for the better, for once) — tells quite a story from behind the scenes of the federal police operation dubbed Satyagraha.
The investigation allegdly discovered Daniel Dantas, Paulo Maluf, Celso Pitta, Naji Nahas and many others, all laundering money through the same omnibus account at JP Morgan New York, administered by Beacon Hill on behalf of one of Brazil’s biggest doleiros, or black-market currency operators.
And tells it in Portuguese prose that is equal parts Mickey Spillane and Rubem Fonseca.
Quite a read.
I clip it for my notes, and future reference. Will annotate as time permits. My translation. Draft quality. Sentence fragments. Terseness is tension.
The federal police worked hard to make sure Daniel Dantas was arrested. The federal police did not want Daniel Dantas arrested under any circumstances. The federal police did everything it could to arrest Daniel Dantas. The federal police did everything it could to prevent the arrest of Daniel Dantas.
The federal police worked against the federal police.
Just another chapter in our descent into the bowels of Brazil. Under arrest are the Opportunity banker, the big-time speculator Naji Nahas, former São Paulo mayor Celso Pitta and another 17 of the 21 persons for whom warrants have been issued. It’s Tuesday, July 9, 2008.