“Why despair? Image courtesy Tijolaço
The Siemens-Alstom affair has begun to muss the tail feathers of ranking Toucans.
In the first instance there is Angelo Andrea Matarazzo, ex-secretary to Covas, ex-Minister of SECOM under Fernando Henrique, ex-secretary of Alckmin and former coordinator of Serra’s bid for the city government.
Andrea Matarazzo was indicted by the federal police, the Folha said, “because it is believed he received a bribe from Alstom during his time as State Energy Secretary, in 1998.”
The inquriy in question was finished in August of 2012 and has been waiting — and waiting and waiting — for Roberto Gurgel and his federal attorney’s office (PGR) [to stop sitting on the case]
Gurgel will soon step down from his post as PGR, whence he has dispensed a hghly politicized version of justice. What other contents of Pandora’s Box will we see unleashed?
Together with Matarazzo, two directors of a São Paulo state-owned firm are charged with negotiating with Alstom a R$ 72 million contract with the Empresa Paulista de Transmissão de Energia –EPTE, the São Paulo Energy Transmission Company — later privatized, and two executives of the French engineering concern.
In his defense, Matarazzo says the directors of the EPTE “were already there when I became secretary.”
In the Estadão, meanwhile, the figure caught with his hands in other people’s pockets is Geraldo Alckmin.
The Estado published the decision by the MP to create a task force of 10 prosecutors to look after 45 investigations into the activity of cartels in state public auctions.
Prosecutor Valter Santin, along with two colleagues, said what the São Paulo establishment should know by now– or quit pretending that it doesn’t know:
“The cartel is being investigated by CADE. We are looking into administrative improprieties and illicit self-enrichment by public agents.”
Was this not what Dr. Alckmin said he wants to know as well?
This is why, in yesterday’s edition of Tijolaço, we said that Alckmin’s posturing was “purely theatrical.”
His cynical discourse about being a “victim” in this affair did not last 24 hours.
Geraldo Alckmin is being theatrical, at the very least, with his legal motion to obtain a copy of the CADE investigation into the formation of cartels by Siemens, Alstom and others, in contracts with the State of São Paulo.
Contracts with his own government as well, let it not be forgotten.
First of all, because the São Paulo prosecutor is involved in the investigation to the point that the Estadão reports that it is the state prosecutor who is negotiating a plea deal with execs and ex-execs of the German multinational.
Who would the governor ask to investigate the case, if not for his own prosecutor’s office?
All he has to do is pick up the phone, make a local call, talk to the Procuradoria Geral da Justiça of São Paulo, an official he nominated, and ask that, when the accusation is made, they should remember — not that there is any chance they have forgotten — to request that the public coffers be made whole for the entire amount diverted into cartel schemes, and that the responsible parties be identified..
There is no need for him to stand there, desperate, his phone in his hand bearing news of the Siemens affair, as in our illustration (above).
Later, because Alckmin failed to manage the Alstom Affair in this way, there were legal proceedings in Switzerland and intrusions on the banking privacy of ranking Toucans.
Serra said that no investigations are necessary because the MPF and MPE are already on the case. Alckmin, as a candidate for mayor –- and not having been betrayed by Serra yet -– was silent, even though he had previously defended the investigation.
He became sullen and angry, even after having said that anything that whatever happened during the Covas years was his responsibility as well: “This is continuity, this a government of the PSDB. If it is PSDB, there is distinction.”
And t here you have it. It is like that American police movie: you are not required to speak, but what you do say may be used against you in a court of law. “
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