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Authorities Explain the Trains

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Source: Estadão

In a report delivered on April 17 to the Brazilian antitrust agency CADE, former Siemens executive Everton Rheinheimer says he has accesss to “documents that prove the existence of a powerful corruption scheme in Sao Paulo during the Covas, Alckmin and Serra administration” and that the principal objective of this scheme was to feed the campaign slush funds of the PSDB and DEM political parties.

The German ex-executive also says that the current chief of staff of governor Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB), Edson Aparecido (PSDB), was identified by lobbyist Arthur Teixeira as the recipient of bribes from multinationals who are suspected to have taken part in the S. Paulo railway cartels between 1998 and 2008. 

The former Siemens exec, one of six beneficiaries of a plea agreement with CADE in which the German firm reveals the activities of the railway cartel, also mentions federal legislator Arnaldo Jardim (PPS-SP), an ally of the Toucans.

This is the first official document released to the public that mentions alleged bribery of politicians with ties to Toucan governments. To date, the Public Ministry and the Federal Police had limited themselves to identifying corruption suspects involved with former executives of such companies as the CPTM commuter rail system in S. Paulo.

The accusations of Rheinheimer were forwarded to CADE by the Federal Police and annexed to the investigation of the S. Paulo and Federal District cartels.

In the letter, Rheinheimer writes that the cartel is “a huge corruption scheme involving many of the major multinationals such as Alstom, Bombardier, Siemens and Caterpillar and the state governments of São Paulo and the Federal District.”

The headline in the daily O Globo, meanwhile, stresses that Siemens “suspects, but cannot prove” these dirty dealings.

Below, an infographic produced by the magazine on global corruption.

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Epoca’s straightforward narrative is a little odd given the long-form investigative report on the scheme in Globo’s Epoca magazine, although the weekly starts out with the same caveat before plunging into the complexities of the case.

Translation to come.

Nas últimas semanas, ÉPOCA tentou penetrar a fumaça da política para descobrir quais são as provas sobre o esquema – e qual a consistência delas. A reportagem entrevistou as autoridades que acompanham as diferentes frentes de investigação, obteve os autos dos diversos processos e levantou documentos comerciais, judiciais e bancários nos países em que foram feitos pagamentos de propina aos brasileiros. Emergem dessa investigação fortes evidências de que, como nos demais países, o esquema das multinacionais no metrô de São Paulo existiu e envolveu o suborno de funcionários públicos. Não há ainda prova de que políticos graduados do PSDB façam parte do esquema. Emerge também a demora das autoridades brasileiras – em comparação com outros países – em investigar, denunciar e processar os envolvidos.

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