“ISTOE” magazine had access to the testimony of Joesley Batista about the $ 150 million in Switzerland available to the Workers’ Party campaign in 2014. Contrary to what was suspected, all money went to the re-election of the president.
On Monday 12, businessman Joesley Batista, owner of the group JBS Friboi, and its director Ricardo Saud gave testimony at the Attorney General’s Office in the Federal District to detail how the payments of the amounts of corruption that he mentioned in his awarding statement were made.
According to Joesley, a $ 150 million hefty (R $ 490 million at the current exchange rate) was in accounts in Switzerland at the disposal of former presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma, both of PT.
The amount was transferred in cash, cold notes and even as official donations registered in the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) and was part of the group obtained from the subsidized financing of the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES).
The Attorney General already knows that payments were made in Brazil. The account in Joesley’s name, but reserved for Lula, had $ 80 million ($ 262 million). The one destined for Dilma, amounted to US $ 70 million (R $ 229 million).
According to the businessman, all resources were used in the 2014 campaign, when the PT reelected himself by defeating Aécio Neves (PSDB).
On Friday 9, the TSE concluded that there was use of box 2 in the campaign, but did not remove the plate from Dilma, whose vice was the current president Michel Temer, for understanding that evidence obtained with the Odebrecht contractor and with the couple of marketers João Santana and Mônica Moura could not be used.
JBS’s money came to fuel other PT campaigns, all indicated by former Finance Minister Guido Mantega.
Since the issue arose, Lula, Dilma and Mantega have denied the allegations of Joesley Batista and other JBS informers. “This version does not stand up and its falsity will be attested in court,” said Dilma’s adviser, who assures her that she “never had accounts abroad.”
“A rogue businessman says that I have an account abroad, but the account is in his name, and it is he who moves the money,” Lula joked at the last PT Congress.