TERROR AT THE SUPREME COURT. Veja, August 2007. “It is intolerable, this atmosphere we live in, with the abusive conduct of federal agents or agencies deeply enmeshed with the machinery of the State. Generalized wiretapping is an indicator of, and an exercise in, authoritarian politics,” says Justice Celso de Mello. “Supreme Court justices react to the suspicion of wiretaps in the highest court in the land.” The story was immediately publicly discounted by its principal source at the court, who said the only concrete indication he had of wiretapping at the Court had proven to be a crude hoax e-mail. Ecce Veja.
Also according to Veja, Queiroz was “prophetic” in saying: “News reports will come out that we bugged the Supreme Court or that ABIN did …”
… the internal disciplinary board of the São Paulo federal courts is investigating whether Judge Adriana Pileggi Soveral of the 8th Federal Criminal Bar of São Paulo passed details of the operation to Dantas defense attorney Nélio Machado.
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Protógenes sabia de habeas corpus no STF: Police inspector Queiroz knew in advance of Daniel Dantas’ applications for a habeas corpus writ in the Supreme Court!
The Folha de S. Paulo reports, parroting anonymous leak-based reporting by O Globo and Veja magazine.
Caveat lector: Veja is possibly the least credible news source in the Western Hemisphere — second only to the U.S. news outlets who vouched for the credentials of Martin Eisenstadt, perhaps.
Queiroz is the federal police investigator who arrested banker Daniel Dantas, former São Paulo mayor Celso Pitta and investor Naji Nahas in July of this year on money laundering and related charges.
Dantas has already been charged with attempted bribery of a federal agent, and an indictment on financial fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, and so on, is said to be imminent.
After the arrests, Queiroz was taken off the case and replaced with the money-laundering expert Ricardo Saadi.
The meeting with top federal police leadership during which he was taken off the case was recorded. A portion of the tape in which he appears to be resigning voluntarily was published. Later, he complained formally that he was forced off the case.
The entire of the recording of that meeting apparently leaked to Veja and O Globo for publication at this strategic juncture in the case. Veja and O Globo published more selective excerpts from the recordings, just as as a judgment against Dantas on the bribery charge is due to be handed down this week.
Also this week: Efforts to remove the judge in the Dantas case — whom an op-ed in the Estado de S. Paulo recently described as “Nazi-inspired,” amazingly — are due to be decided.
Veja.com blogger Reinaldo Azevedo — the permalink points to the wrong post, unfortunately — repeated the “Dantas judge is a Nazi” meme in his most recent column, where he writes
Eu acho que Dantas não vai dançar. Ele pode até se dar bem. O delegado Protógenes e o juiz De Sanctis, resta evidente, meteram os pés pelas mãos. Pecaram por ideologia e incompetência. Pelo visto, eles queriam menos punir as eventuais ilegalidades de Dantas do que testar a elasticidade do estado de direito.
I think Dantas is not going to go down. He could even get off. The police investigator, Queiroz, and Judge De Sanctis quite obviously botched the job. They sinned on the side of ideology and incompetence. It seems they were less interested in punishing alleged wrongdoing by Dantas than in testing the limits of the democratic rule of law.
On Azevedo, see also
The Estado de S. Paulo chimes in with a story, based on the same hearsay — it merely cuts and pastes what O Globo and Veja reported — headlined “Queiroz’s words increase suspicion that Supreme Court was wiretapped.”
The Folha is not prepared to go quite that far, noting that according to its own reporting, the feds already had e-mails, obtained under a court order, in which Dantas’ legal strategy was discussed among his lawyers.
Therefore, the implication seems to be, the information could have been obtained without wiretapping the Supreme Court.
Protógenes sabia de habeas corpus no STF
Queiroz knew of Supreme Court habeas corpus
Em reunião da PF, delegado disse conhecer estratégia da defesa de Dantas, mas não especificou como obteve tal informação
In meeting with federal police superiors, Queiroz said he knew Dantas’ defense strategy, but did not specify how he obtained this information.
It is, however, prepared to print the usual gabbling hearsay and rumors just because they appeared in Veja.
Mendes afirma não “haver fato novo, só confirmação do que já se sabia; havia espionagem no gabinete do presidente do STF”
Chief Justice states “there are no new facts here, just a confirmation of what was already known: the office of the Chief Justice was spied on.”
In a sidebar to this coverage in the Folha, sources at Dantas’ Opportunity asset management house allege that Queiroz’s investigation into Dantas — which Queiroz formally complained was stripped of official funding and resources after a change of leadership at the federal police — received improper outside private funding from business adversaries of Dantas interested in seeing him prosecuted and ruined.
“I am a victim of political persecution” has been the constant tenor of Dantas’ defense.
Opportunity is ranked 20th in assets under management among Brazilian investment banks.
A Operação Satiagraha, desencadeada em julho pela Polícia Federal, tinha um “trabalho de inteligência” que apontava para a concessão de um habeas corpus no STF (Supremo Tribunal Federal) em favor do banqueiro Daniel Dantas. A revelação foi feita pelo delegado Protógenes Queiroz na reunião que selou o seu afastamento do comando das investigações, em 14 de julho, na sede da superintendência da PF de São Paulo.
The Satyagraha investigation … had “intelligence work” that indiciated the Supreme Court would grant a habeas corpus writ to Dantas. The revelation was made by Queiroz in the meeting that determined his suspension from the case, on July 14, at PR headquarters in São Paulo.
A expressão usada pelo delegado, segundo reportagens da revista “Veja” e do jornal “O Globo”, consta da íntegra da gravação da reunião realizada entre Protógenes e seus chefes na PF, como o diretor de combate ao crime organizado da direção geral da PF, em Brasília, Roberto Troncon, e o chefe da divisão de combate aos crimes financeiros, Paulo de Tarso Teixeira. A íntegra da gravação, de três horas e 50 minutos, não foi tornada pública.
The expression used by Queiroz, according to reports published in Veja and O Globo, are part of the recording of the meeting between Queiroz and his superiors, including organized crime director Troncon and financial crimes director Teixeira. The entire recording, 3 hours and 50 minutes in length, has never been made public.
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