Dantas’ Inferno: Satyagraha Upheld

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Daniel Valente Dantas. Graphic: VEJA magazine, May 2006, when it reported: “Daniel Dantas has a list that may show illegal offshore bank accounts controlled by the president and party bigwigs.” VEJA had plenty of evidence that “almost certainly does not” was the phrase to use instead of “may.”

UOL Notícias (Brazil)reports — for some reason strange reason in the Politics section:

Por quatro a um, a 5ª Turma do STJ (Superior Tribunal de Justiça) decidiu negar nesta quinta-feira (4) habeas corpus ao banqueiro Daniel Dantas e manter todos os atos da Operação Satiagraha, da Polícia Federal, na qual foi preso o sócio-fundador do Opportunity, em julho de 2008. A decisão mantém o juiz Fausto Martin De Sanctis à frente do caso.

By a vote of 4-1, the Fifth Chamber of the federal appeals court (STJ) today denied the habeas corpus petition of banker Daniel Dantas and upheld all the proceedings in the Operation Satiagraha investigation by the federal police, which culminated in the arrest of the Opportunity founding partner in July 2008. The decision leaves Judge Fausto Martin de Sanctis in charge of the case.

O advogado Andrei Schmidt, que representa o banqueiro Daniel Dantas, afirmou nesta quinta-feira (4) ao UOL Notícias que a defesa irá estudar se entra com recurso contra a decisão.

Dantas attorney Andrei Schmidt told UOL today that the defense is studying an appeal.

O habeas corpus foi apresentado pela defesa do banqueiro no final do ano passado, e uma liminar foi concedida para suspender a Satiagraha até que fosse julgado o mérito do pedido pelos ministros da Turma.

The petition was filed by the defense at the end of last year, and an injunction was granted suspending the Satiagraha investigation until the merits of the petition was adjudicated by the magistrates of the Fifth Chamber.

A liminar havia sido concedida por Arnaldo Esteves Lima, que entrou de férias em seguida, juntamente com todos os demais componentes da Corte em razão do recesso do Judiciário. Com a decisão temporária, todos os atos em relação à Satiagraha ficaram congelados.

The injunction suspending the case was granted by Arnaldo Esteves Lima, who immediately thereafter left on vacation along with his colleagues, the Judiciary being in Christmas recess. With the temporary decision, all the actions in the case were frozen.

A defesa de Dantas contestou a isenção do juiz Fausto Martin De Sanctis, responsável pelo processo no caso na 6ª Vara Criminal de São Paulo. Para os advogados, o juiz comprometeu o processo tomando decisões parciais e se manifestando sobre ele fora dos autos.

The Dantas defense questioned the impartiality of Judge de Sanctis, in charge of the case in the Sixth Criminal Bar of São Paulo. In their view, the judge tainted the proceedings with biased decisions and comments on the case outside of official proceedings.

Não é a primeira vez que os advogados do banqueiro contestam o juiz. No início do ano passado, o Órgão Especial do TRF (Tribunal Regional Federal) da 3ª Região negou abrir processo por desobediência contra De Sanctis, que determinou nova prisão de Dantas mesmo depois de ordem de soltura do ministro Gilmar Mendes, presidente do STF (Supremo Tribunal Federal).

This is not the first time the banker’s attorneys have contested the judge. Early last year, the Special Organ of the Regional Federal Court (TF) of the Third Region declined to open proceeding against de Sanctis for disobedience after the judge handed down a second arrest warrant for Dantas, even after Supreme Court Chief Justice Mendes ordered the banker released.

Se o juiz fosse declarado suspeito, tudo o que foi determinado até agora, incluindo a condenação de Dantas a 10 anos de prisão por tentativa de suborno a um delegado da PF e o recebimento de denúncia que o tornou réu juntamente com outros 13 acusados por crimes financeiros, estaria invalidado.

Had the judge been ordered to recuse himself, all rulings to date, including the sentencing of Dantas to 10 years in prison for bribery of a federal police agent and the indictment that made Dantas and 13 others defendants in a financial crimes case would have been overturned.

A classic moment in the federal police report was an intercepted e-mail from an Opportunity executive to an attorney at the Gordilho lawfirm, advising him that the deadline for the “defamation campaign” had been set, and had he lined up the willing journalist — possibly a senior columnist, now deceased, at O Globo — yet?

Dantas, an MIT graduate, was once the chief financial advisor to the PFL political party — the Party of the Liberal Front — nowadays known, weirdly, as the Democrats.

His original attorney, Nélio Machado, is now busy defending the DEM governor of the federal district, caught on video taking and distributing bribed money. He says the governor is the victim of a Nixonian ratfink campaign in the press.

Same defense he offered for Dantas, and the same defense offered in defending a suit brought by Citibank against the Opportunity group in New York. They showed supporting newspaper clippings of the Brazilian press to the judge as evidence of these claims and he nearly laughed them out of court.

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As to the defamatory text, Opportunity would prefer that the lawyer write it, as it would be better if were written by a civil rather than a criminal lawyer.

The defamation campaign against the judge waged by Consultor Jurídico — a legal news ervice run by the proprietor of a PR agency representing numerous Dantas attorneys — accused the jurist of being Nazi-inspired for having cited German jurist Carl Schmidt in a speech or essay, I forget which.

(The Chief Justice had himself cited Schmidt in the past, it turned out.)

Out and out naked cooption of journos into running libel written by libel lawyers under their own byline.

Holy shit.

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