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Shipyard Admits to Paying Bribes to Petrobras During Ex-President Cardoso Administration

12/27/2017 - 12h34

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MARIO CESAR CARVALHO
FROM SÃO PAULO

Singapore's Keppel Fels shipyard, one of the largest in the world, reported, in an agreement signed with the authorities of three countries, that it paid bribes to win a contract during the administration of former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso (FHC), to build platform P-48 for Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petrobras.

The bribe of US$ 300,000 was paid in 2001 and 2002 to "government employees," according to a document of the US Department of Justice.

Some of the bribery claims involving the Workers' Party of Brazil (PT) had already been mentioned in other plea bargains. This is the first time, however, that the shipyard mentions a payment during FHC's administration.

The leniency agreement also reports that Keppel Fels paid a total of US$ 55.1 million to PT and Petrobras' officials connected to the party between 2003 and 2012.

There are more details regarding payments to PT than to PSDB (Brazilian Social Democracy Party), because the documents from 2001 and 2002 do not include any names.

Representatives of PT were referred to by their codenames.

This is not the first time informers mention kickbacks for Petrobras during FHC's administration.

Petrobras' former-manager, Pedro Barusco, claims he received bribes in 1997 or 1998 from the Dutch company SBM.

Petrobras' former-director, Nestor Cerveró, stated that due to Petrobras, FHC's administration received a total of US$ 100 million in bribes, without evidence.

He also reported bribes of approximately US$ 600,000 and US$ 700,000 received by him between 1999 and 2001 to purchase turbines for thermoelectric power plants of Alstom/GE and NRG during the energy crisis of FHC's government.

Cerveró also claims that former-senator Delcídio do Amaral, Petrobras' Gas director during FHC's government and later PT's leader in the Senate, received kickbacks to sign power plant agreements in the amount of US$ 500 million, but Cerveró states not to be aware of the amount paid in bribes.

The cases involving SBM and the thermoelectric power plants are under investigation by the Federal Police and the Car Wash task force.

Translated by ANA BEATRIZ DEMARIA

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Singapore's Keppel Fels shipyard said that it paid bribes to win a contract during the administration of former president Cardoso to build Petrobras' platform P-48
Singapore's Keppel Fels shipyard said that it paid bribes to win a contract during the administration of former president Cardoso to build Petrobras' platform P-48

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