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Carta Capital | Setting Things Right?

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Source: Viomundo | Carta Capital

In a letter addressed to the editors of CartaCapital magazine, the state’s attorney of Minas Gerais explains that at no time has it accused the magazine of forging documents, as reported on the Web site of Comunique-se.

The news report was translated and commented on yesterday by this blog.

The text of the note follows:

«To Sergio Lirio, editor in chief of  Carta Capital,

«Regarding a story recently published by the Comunique-se Web portal, this office wishes to clarify that it never accused CartaCapital of forging documents.

«The objective of Directive No. 108/2012-SCI-PGJ was to alert Carta Capital’s editors and publishers to the existence of a forged document in which the signature of a member of this institution was wrongly included.

The legal genre of the document is an ofício, which I am still unsure how to translate correctly. «An official letter on government business,” according to my Webster’s. «Directive» is probably inappropriate, implying as it does the fulfillment of an official government order.  I tend to use «communique» in this context.

«It was this forgery that led to the opening of a police investigation. This office believes it is absolutely necessary that the facts be determined and that those responsible for forged documents be identified.

«We also declare that we are forwarding  a copy of the December 3, 2012 communique to Comunique-se, in the hope of clarifying any misunderstanding.

It has yet to appear.

UPDATE: Published to Comunique-se site in the p.m. of January 4.

«We are at your service for further information, and reaffirm the respect the Minas Gerais prosecutor’s office has for the work of journalists and for the renowned and worthy work of Carta Capital

This is a confusing development. According to the original story in Comunique-se — a sort of a MediaBistro clone —

The state’s attorney of Minas Gerais claims the document bears a forged signature of prosecutor Adriano Estrela, suggesting that the underlying sources of the story were “forged” and “inauthentic.”

On January 2, Leandro Fortes, author of the original report responded to the accusations,

The birth certificate of the million-dollar money laundering scheme organized by  Marcos Valério in Minas Gerais and later used by the PT, is a list of payments prepared by  Cláudio Mourão, treasurer of the Azeredo gubernatorial campaign in 1998.

Revealed in 2007, the list reflects cash outlays of some R$ 10.8 million to legislators from 11 parties, the PT included, but principally to the  PSDB and the PFL, now known as the  DEM. Mourão tried to demonstrate the falsehood of the list but was obliged to admit that it was his signature on the document, after a federal police examiner authenticated it.

In July 2012, CartaCapital dug up another list, this time signed by  Marcos Valério and handed over to the Polícia Federal and Supreme Court justice Joaquim Barbosa by  Belo Horizonte attorney  Dino Miraglia.

The fact that CC ran an on-the-record interview with its sources as part of the editorial package speaks well of it — shoddy standard practice would be to record the source’s statement, hide him behind a shield of anonymity, and print only highly selective and prejudicial excerpts.

Miraglia obtained the list from a famous client of his, the lobbyist Nilton Monteiro, a veteran political operator for the PSDB in Minas who had prepeared a third such list in 2002 reflecting illicit campaign donations embezzled from the state-owned electricity company Furnas Centrais Elétricas, the famed “Furnas List,” in which the PSDB appears yet again as the operator of slush fund campaign finance.

The PSDB has consistently played the FUD — fear, uncertainty and doubt — card as to the authenticity of this list as well: The federal policy, based on the original, found for its authenticity while a semi-disgraced U.S. ex-Secret Service agent, based on xerox copies, in an examination commissioned by the PSDB, found for the possibility of forgery.

The list turned over by  Marcos Valério involves sums in excess of R$100 million and contains a surprise: the appearance of Supreme Court justice Gilmar Mendes as the alleged recipient of R$ 185,000. At the time, Marcos Valério denied having documented payments using a list of funding sources and clients. In December, however, his attorney, Marcelo Leonardo, belied his client’s statement.

The Prosecution Gives It a Rest

Regarding an article recently published by the Comunique-se Web portal, the state prosecutor of  Minas Gerais states that at no time was CartaCapital magazine accused of forging documents. Below, the text in its entirety of Communique No. 108/2012-SCI-PGJ, the objective of which was to alert the editors of the publication to the existence of falsified information in which a member of this office was illegitimately named. …

The original communique:

On p. 26, an “apprehension” is alluded  to. On the same page, a reproduction of the signature of prosecutor Adriano Botelho Estrela appears. This document, according to preliminary examination, is completely unreliable. It may have been forged based on a genuine search and seizure warrant found on pp. 1,183 et seq. in Case No. 0024.08181165-5 in a Belo Horizonte criminal court. This case file includes the verified warrant served by the state judicial police, whose document is not and could not contain the signature of a member of the MP, which has no knowledge of the search and seizure described in the case file. 

In response to this forgery, the Minas MP, through CAOCrim — the Center for Operation Support to Criminal Prosecutors — state prosecutor Joaquim José Miranda Júnior, has asked the Fraud division of the state judicial police to launch an investigation into these facts. .

 Most if not all states appear to have this CAOCrim center.