Brazil’s corrupt former president implicated in Odebrecht lobbying scheme in Cuba

Epoca magazine has implicated Brazil’s former president, the corrupt Lula da Silva, in a shady lobbying scheme in Cuba for Odebrecht, an engineering firm currently under investigation for its corrupt practices. It appears da Silva used his connections and influence with Cuba’s apartheid dictatorship to grease the tracks for Odebrecht so they could receive sweetheart deals from the corrupt, terrorist sponsoring regime of the Castro brothers.

For all those Americans who have bought into the Obama and U.S. Chamber of Commerce fairy tale that Cuba is one big legitimate business opportunity ready to be exploited, take heed of how business is really conducted in Castro’s Cuba.

Via Reuters:

Brazilian weekly says Lula lobbied for Odebrecht in Cuba

BRASILIA (Reuters) – A Brazilian news magazine has accused former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of acting as lobbyist in Cuba for Brazil’s largest engineering firm Odebrecht, which built the container terminal at the Cuban port of Mariel.

In this week’s edition headlined “Our man in Havana,” Epoca magazine cited Brazilian diplomatic cables about visits to Cuba by Lula after he had left office. During those visits he sought to further Brazilian business interests on the island, it said.

One cable from 2014 reported on a meeting in Havana at which Lula discussed with Odebrecht executives how to secure Cuban guarantees for loans from Brazilian state development bank BNDES to finance new projects sought by Odebrecht in Cuba.

Lula’s foundation called the Epoca story “offensive” and “malicious” and “criminal manipulation” of government documents.

“These are normal activities. The ex-president did nothing illegal and was discussing sovereign guarantees for loans to Cuba in a meeting where a diplomat was present,” said Jose Chrispiniano, a spokesman for the Lula Institute.

Lula is under investigation for improperly using his influence to benefit Odebrecht, whose billionaire chief executive Marcelo Odebrecht was arrested in June in connection with the massive bribery and political kickback scandal focused on state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA.

Prosecutors say Lula frequently traveled abroad at Odebrecht’s expense after leaving office, from 2011 until 2014.

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3 thoughts on “Brazil’s corrupt former president implicated in Odebrecht lobbying scheme in Cuba”

  1. The photo is disgusting but totally par for the course and thus normal, strictly speaking. When the same sort of photo, with the same smiles and apparent chumminess, involves the pope instead of a Lula, we have a very different situation–and there were quite a few such photos taken and made public during the Cuban dictator’s recent visit to the Vatican. The pope, however, appeared to think nothing of it. In other words, we have a problem, or somebody does.

  2. This photo, which is very typical and representative of the general international situation, also encapsulates the world’s complicity with Castro, Inc. and how the latter has been able to survive so long. Again, this is considered not only normal but perfectly proper and reasonable, and nobody appears even remotely troubled by the monumental hypocrisy and blithe perversity involved. It’s simply business as usual.

  3. I’ll say this for the Brazilian Latrines: at least they look reasonably presentable and tolerably normal, which is much more than one can say for many Latrines from other countries. In other words, people like Lula and Dilma are considerably less cringeworthy than Cretina Kirchner, Evo Morales, Daniel Ortega, Nicolas Maduro, the Zelaya clown and that little old man from Uruguay who looks like Grandpa Munster. It may not be much, but given the territory, there’s not much more to be had.

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