The former chairman of contractor firm Odebrecht, Marcelo Odebrecht currently serving a prison term, said in testimony on Thursday (March 23) that former President Dilma Rousseff was aware of the use money from a slush fund to pay the communication strategist João Santana, responsible for his campaign for re-election in 2014. The talks about the use of such resources, however, were not directly with her, but with a close ally of President Michel Temer, the current Presidency’s Chief-of-Staff Eliseu Padilha.
In his statements (excerpts of which were released Thursday by the website O Antagonista) Marcela Odebrecht incriminates not only Ms. Rousseff as well as former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and former ministers Antonio Palocci, Guido Mantega and Paulo Bernardo. In these excerpts, there is also one mention about President Michel Temer, who then was her Vice-President. As Ms. Rousseff was impeached and is no longer president, in practice the ongoing court procedures may eventually lead to the annulment of the electoral process of 2014 and also of Mr. Temer’s mandate.