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  2. Wednesday 25th May 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    Politician recorded advising on corruption probe

    By Our Sports Desk

    BRAZIL’S Planning Minister Romero Juca bowed to the inevitable yesterday, resigning after being caught on tape conspiring to obstruct the Petrobras corruption investigation.

    He had admitted the authenticity of the taped conversation between himself and former senator Sergio Machado who until recently headed Transpetro, the country’s largest oil and gas transport company.

    In the tapes, Mr Juca said that best way to halt the probe at oil giant Petrobras was by impeaching suspended President Dilma Rousseff, but he claims now that his comments were taken out of context.

    However, he was also heard saying: “I am talking to the generals, the military commanders. They are fine with this. They say they will guarantee it.”

    Ms Rousseff is adamant that the tapes prove that the impeachment process is a political coup designed to protect senior figures implicated in the Petrobras scandal.

    She is accused of massaging budget figures prior to her re-election in 2014 and is due to be tried in the senate in the coming months.

    The Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, which was given the tapes by Mr Machado, exposed Mr Juca on Monday as saying that impeachment was necessary to “staunch the bleeding.”

    Mr Machado is under investigation over alleged involvement in the Petrobras scandal and is said to have recorded the conversations with a view to negotiating a plea bargain by exchanging information implicating other suspects for a lower sentence.

    Mr Juca told a news conference that it was public knowledge that he was in favour of impeachment, but he claimed to have been referring to the Brazilian economy not the Petrobras investigation, which he backs.

    Dozens of top-ranking politicians and business executives have been charged or already convicted for participation in the Petrobras bribery and embezzlement scheme.

    Ms Rousseff has not come under suspicion of personal enrichment.

    Mr Juca, who was one of the main architects of the impeachment proceedings against Ms Rousseff, is also vice-president of the PMDB party, led by coup President Michel Temer.

    Three other PMDB ministers in the coup government, which took over earlier this month, are also under investigation in the Petrobras case.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-5a0c-Brazil-Busted-coup-minister-Juca-quits-over-tapes#.V0Wj2OQYMdU

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