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Tales of Rio | Roberto Marinho and the Bicho Banker

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Source: Blog do Mello

O Globo published an editorial on December 17, 2011 titled “Numbers rackets are connected to other crimes” — read the entire text here.

In this editorial , the Rio de Janeiro daily analyzes the bicho bankers — referring to most of them as “offenders” rather than “criminals” — and at a certain point states:

These offenses are an activity that is not confined to betting, which is a serious matter in itself. With the bicho  come homicide, influence-peddling, money laundering, and other crimes against human beings and the economy. The globalization of the bicho bankers empowers them and makes them more dangerous to society — and the seriousness of the problem is not always appreciated by the authorities, which are often soft on the proliferation of betting parlors, lukewarm in the repression of “nickel-hunter” — electric one-armed bandit — machines, and blind to the aplomb with which the bankers flaunt their power …

Aplomb? What is the better translation? “In your face”?

If that is true, how does Globo justify the sale of a Copacabana triplex that belonged to Roberto Marinho to the bicho banker and president of the Beija-Flor samba society Anísio Abraão David?

“This penthouse triplex with a panoramic ocean view belonged to Roberto Marinho (1904-2003), who used it for New Years festivities.

Anísio bought it in 2004 and formally inaugurated it that December 31. A flower and a hummingbird were painted on the bottom of the swimming pool, on the second floor. On the terrace was a Japanese garden, with a bridge and a pond with fish.”

Could it be that the heirs of Roberto Marinho were “blinded” by the way that bicho bankers flaunt their wealth with such aplomb, as the editorial states?

How do we separate the dirty money stained with the blood of homicides — also denounced by the Globo editorialist — from that used to buy the triplex of the founder of the Globo Network?

If Roberto Marinho died in August  2003 and Anísio bought the penthouse some time in 2004, one should always take  into account that the property could have been solid to another person before being handed over to the bicho banker.

Extra, Extra Read All About It

Mello follows up on the story in post dated this week.

17-01-2012 - Capas do Jornal Extra - Extra Online

Mello updates the story:

I have already published here the story of how the Atlantic Avenue penthouse where Globo owner Roberto Marinho held his year-end revels was sold to the bicho banker Aniz Abraão David — in the image above, being poked fun at by Globo newspaper Extra —  the all-powerful godfather of the Beija Flor carnival society.

This in itself is enough to prove the hypocrisy of the Organizações Globo, which poses as a defender of morality and upright behavior on one hand even as it dodges taxes and does business with notorious racketeers on the other.

To this day, the League of Independent Escolas de Samba — presided over by several major bicho bankers over the years — lives on the Web server of Globo.com

Also, for some bizarre reason, the domain XTREMEPAGEFUCKER.COM continues to redirect to Globo.com

Today, however, O Globo accuses a torturer from the dictatorship’s infamous House of Death — men hand-picked for the job — worked as a security guard for  Anísio and his family.

And so the bicho banker and the torturer became fixtures of Rio high society, as the article reports:

This circle of friends, which include military authorities and denizens of high society, along with the coordination of victorious Carnaval parades, gave Anísio a certain visibility that helped to secure his underworld activities.

And let us not forget: This “circle of friends” includes the  Marinho family.

The question remains: How to separate the bloodstained money from homicides … from that used to buy the triplex of Globo’s founder?

And finally, an excerpt from the O Globo report in question:

Laurindo and the House of Death

Of the terror she suffered during three months in the House of Death, the clandestine torture center set up by the military in Petrópolis, the mind of Inês Etienne Romeu recorded, among other things, the day when two agents were plotting her murder. In an affidavit to the Brazilian bar association (OAB) years later, the militant from the VPR and the only survivor of the house recounted how Pardal and Laurindo, the code names of the two captors, planned her disappearance. “Pardal said to Laurindo, “As soon as we get in the care, she will not even see it coming,” she recalls, in testimony that publicly revealed the existence of this scheme.   

The lists of torturers identify “Laurindo” as the Polícia Civil commisar Luiz Cláudio Azeredo Vianna, one of  16 torturers whose names or code names appear in the file of Inês, who was a “guest” in the house between May and August 1971.

Research by O GLOBO, 42 years later, confirms that the police officer worked at the Army Intelligence Center that same year, having first been assigned to the precinct in Petrópolis.

Luiz Cláudio, however, was more than a mere executioner of the repression. He also served in the ranks of the bicho rackets. as a lieutenant of the bicho banker Aniz Abraão David, …

Aniz Counts on Police Corruption

The military men knew about the double life of Luiz Cláudio, but did not react negatively.  “Memorandum n° 2283 – C/78”, produced 14 July 1978 for the Army First Division … was circulated among army intellence and the National Intelligence Service.

The document dealt with Domingos de Freitas, a potential candidate for the state assembly that year, who said that used corrupt cops and politicians as cover for his illegal businesses. In Item 4, the document warns: “Aniz Abraão David also has coverage with the police: his cousin Luiz Cláudio Azeredo Vianna and Sérgio Rodrigues, both from the state judicial police in Niterói.