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After Being Granted Parole, Ex-Banco do Brasil Director Smiles on His Way Out of Prison

12/29/2017 - 11h26

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FÁBIO FABRINI
FROM BRASÍLIA

Former Banco do Brasil director Henrique Pizzolato, who was convicted in the Mensalão trial, was granted parole on Thursday (the 28th).

Mr. Pizzolato was released from prison following a ruling issued by justice Luís Roberto Barroso of Brazil's Supreme Court (STF) after finding that he complied with the stipulated legal requirements, such as serving a third of his sentence, behaving well in prison and not having any priors.

The former Banco do Brasil director was released slightly before 5pm.

On his way out, he was seen smiling and doing a thumbs up sign with his right hand. When asked what he would do next, Mr. Pizzolato replied: "I am going to go home and hug my wife".

Mr. Pizzolato will have to show up at the 1st Regional Public Prosecution Office of the National Treasury in the next 30 days and assure officials that he will pay the R$ 2 million fine (US$ 600,000) that he was slapped with in the mensalão trial and that will be payed in installments.

If Mr. Pizzolato fails to pay the fine his parole may be revoked.

In 2013, the former Banco do Brasil director was sentenced to 12 years and 7 months of prison for corruption, misappropriating public funds and money laundering.

Mr. Pizzolato, who is a dual citizen, fled for Italy with the passport of his deceased brother. However, he was arrested and deported to Brazil, and was then taken to the Provisional Detention Center (CDP) of the Papuda Penetentiary Complex in October of 2015.

Since May, Mr. Pizzolato had been serving his sentence in a semi-open jail regime.

Translated by THOMAS MATHEWSON

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Foto: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress
Former Banco do Brasil director Henrique Pizzolato
Former Banco do Brasil director Henrique Pizzolato

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