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Lula da Silva, José Dirceu and Workers Party Pocketed Over Two Thirds of Petrobras’ Bribe-Fees, Says Witness

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According to Petrobras’ former director, Renato Duque, one-third of the fees would go to the “home”, the name used for the intended bribe to Petrobras’ executives and Sete Brasil

Former Petrobras Services Director Renato Duque told Judge Sergio Moro of the 13th Federal Court in Curitiba on Friday, July 3, that former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, former minister José Dirceu and the Workers Party shared two-thirds of the bribes collected from oil platform contracts for the pre-salt of Sete Brasil. The information, according to Duque, was passed on by former treasurer of the Workers Party João Vaccari Neto.

According to the former director, a third of the tip would go to the “house”, the name used for the tips given to the executives of Petrobras and Sete Brasil, and the other two thirds for the Workers Party. “These two-thirds for the party would be divided between Lula, José Dirceu and the party,” he said.

Sentenced to more than 40 years in Operation Lava Jato, Renato Duque had witness collaboration agreements rejected by the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) and began to collaborate directly with the Justice Department.

Duque told Judge Sergio Moro that bribe payment “was institutionalized.” “All shipyards paid,”.

Duque also said that he heard from Vaccari that he was the party’s man responsible for collecting the political bribes in the contracts of Sete Brasil, a company created in 2010 to broker the platform contracts, which are now in judicial recovery.

Vaccari said, according to Duque, that former minister Antonio Palocci was responsible for the accountings and gave the coordinates as to how it would be distributed. The platform contracts signed as of 2011 would, according to him, involve a 1% tip. In all, there were more than $ 20 billion in contracts.

Duque confessed to Moro that he received about US$ 3.8 million in bribes from Jurong, a  Sete Brazil project. He reported that the money was paid into an account opened in Milan at Cramer Bank.

According to the former director, the Jurong payments and the international shipyards bribes were destined to the executives of Petrobras and Sete Brasil, nown by them as the  “house”. The value of the 2/3, which Duque said were destined to the Workers Party would be financed by shipyards created by contractors Odebrecht, OAS and UTC.

In addition to pointing out that the tips to Lula were paid by the Odebrecht-led shipyard, Duque reported that the part destined for Dirceu was from the Engevix yard and the amount for the Workers Party from the Queiroz Galvão and Camargo Corrêa shipyards.

On Friday, Moro heard testimony from four defendants of the third lawsuit to be tried in  the Lava Jato investigations, involving businesses of the 21 seaborne ships of Sete Brasil contracted by Petrobras since 2011. It’s the Jurong case, which has R$ 2,1 billion in contracts with the state company and would involve a US $ 18.8 million kickback.

Vaccari’s defense said he was also questioned by Moro on Friday, but was told to remain silent. “The former treasurer denies in the process any involvement with kickbacks and illicit actions.”

Lula’s office said that “the former president had all his accounts searched and never received illegal values ​​or that he had Palocci as his representative in order to receive any illegal values. We will not comment statements without any evidence of prisoners seeking to reach agreements for their own legal benefits”.

Dirceu’s defense issued a statement stating that “in the face of Renato Duque’s situation it is absolutely understandable that after years of imprisonment, he would say what his accusers would like to hear.”