Brazil’s First Brother Used Lula’s Name to Get Mafia Money, Say Police

    Genival Inácio da Silva, Brazilian president's brother

    Genival Inácio da Silva, Brazilian president's brother Brazilian police have formally accused a brother of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of influence peddling after a nationwide crackdown on illegal gambling, money laundering and police corruption.

    Lula's home in the São Bernardo do Campo suburb, in the Greater São Paulo, was searched this week by authorities as part of a federal police operation (Check Mate) that arrested 87 people on charges of smuggling electronic gambling machines and bribing police in Mato Grosso do Sul state.

    Police did not say what was seized in Silva's brother's home or elaborate on the motives for the accusation. President Lula, initially, denied his brother, known as Vavá, is linked to illegal gambling and said he is innocent."

    "I don't believe that Vavá has anything to do with anything," Silva said in a statement from India, where he was on an official visit earlier this week.

    But, he added, "If there is a court order and his name is on it, have patience, we are all subject to investigation." In private the Brazilian president was quoted saying he doubted very much his brother had the "brains" for such a sophisticated operation.

    Vavá's son, Edson Inácio da Silva, told Globo TV that his father would not comment on the search, and that authorities only removed two papers, which he said were unimportant.

    However according to police sources Lula's brother was involved in setting up meetings between government officials and interested parties. Apparently this was what appeared on phone calls taped by the police investigation. These calls show Vavá asking for money from Nilton Cezar Servo, who is charged by the police as the chief of a slot machine Mafia.

    Some of Vavá "clients" are linked to the electronic gambling machines business and apparently paid a fee ranging between US$ 1.500 and US$ 2.000 for appointments with government officials. However Vavá made it clear he had no responsibility in the outcome of the meetings. Influence peddling in Brazil is not a crime that entails jail.

    In one of the tapes Vavá is caught talking with Nilton Cesar Servo an illegal gambling czar for whom the Check Mate operation was set up, but apparently the president's brother was unable to obtain licences for the electronic gambling machines or impede their confiscation.

    In Brazil electronic gambling machines and bingos are granted precarious licences because they are known to be used for laundering corruption money from government officials and police racketeering.

    But not only his eldest brother Vavá was in trouble, a man very close to the Lula family, Dario Morelli, was arrested on corruption charges and suspended from his job in the city of Diadema's sanitation department.

    President Lula confirmed that Dario Morelli Filho – is a friend of the family.

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    • AES

      1,500 – $2,000 how cheaply the honor of Brazil is sold.

    • João da Silva

      [quote]You yuppie idiots, You make me sick you stupid, ignorant slobs! [/quote]

      Excuse me, Abdul, you dont make any sense.

    • Ryan-NYC

      You yuppie idiots, You make me sick you stupid, ignorant slobs!

    • Ryan-NYC

      You know…in a democracy, you are innocent until proven guilty. Furthermore, there is a small technicality called BURDEN OF PROOF! SO keep, your sorry arrogant, racist opinions and I trust you know where to put them!

    • João da Silva

      To: Steve1
      [quote]Everyone in Brasil is afraid of wire tapping these days. With good reason. If this continues, Brasil will recede into a totalitarian state far worse then any military government ever was.[/quote]

      It is an interesting statement you made. I know that it was not very easy to wire tap 30 years ago in our country and it did required Judicial order which had to be obtained with concrete evidence. So what went wrong to make people afraid of being wire tapped ? An interesting point to be debated. Ok, I agree that it is essential to wire tap to monitor the activities of the criminals (with Judicial order),but to wire tap the common citizens ? It is quite questionable.

    • João da Silva

      ch.c
      [quote]And to Joao. your “Influence peddling in Brazil is not a crime that entails jail” : please define what makes a crime in Brazil when it involves
      Brazilian polticians ?
      [/quote]

      I did not make this statement.If you have a little patience, read the article again. I am just quoting the author who says that “influence peddling is not a crime that entails jail”. It does not mean I agree.

    • ch.c.

      President Lula, initially, denied his brother, known as VavÀƒ¡, is linked to illegal gambling and said he is innocent.”
      Lula, the President, said exactly the same, about ALL the PT politicians involved in the vote buying scandal !

      And to Joao. your “Influence peddling in Brazil is not a crime that entails jail” : please define what makes a crime in Brazil when it involves
      Brazilian polticians ?
      Ohhhhh and please name the politicians, judges from your Injustice dept, or killers of innocents from your police forces, that are in jail for what Brazil laws consider a crime ! I am not talking of those that are in jail temporarily….waiting for their innocence verdict…with their Impunity Card !
      How do they get Impunity Card in Brazil ? First they must prove that they are clever enough by doing corruption practices and giving the profits to their political party and later on they are entitled to keep part of the profits for themselves as reward for their good job !!!!

      I know I know, stealing a tube of butter in a Brazilian shop, deserves 4 years in jail ! True story…sadly !

    • steve1

      Beware of wiretapping
      Everyone in Brasil is afraid of wire tapping these days. With good reason. If this continues, Brasil will recede into a totalitarian state far worse then any military government ever was.

      Between the mass media touting ‘denounce’ as if it was a popular game show, and the wire tapping of law enforcement out of control, coupled with statements by babaca Lula stating that ‘we are all subject to investigation’ it is time for Brasil to beware before it loses the one asset that the
      US lost years ago, it’s freedom!!!

    • João da Silva

      [quote]In Brazil electronic gambling machines and bingos are granted precarious licenses because they are known to be used for laundering corruption money from government officials and police racketeering[/quote]

      The government should legalize these,because they themselves encourage people to gamble through several lotteries run by the Government owned bank CEF (Caixa Economica Federal). When there are two many regulations and restrictions for the small enterprises to operate, there will always be corruption.

      It should also legalize “Animal Games” which has been in existance in Brazil for over 100 years. There was an interesting article abut it in NYTimes and it is worth reading:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/07/world/americas/07brazil.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

      When some people can try their luck gambling big money in the Stock Markets, why cant others be allowed to gamble with small money in such lotteries? Legalizing and regulating such industries, we may at least create jobs and also try to get rid of the intervention of corrupt officials.

    • JAY GLENN

      ??????
      In Brazil electronic gambling machines and bingos are granted precarious licenses because they are known to be used for laundering corruption money from government officials and police racketeering.

      So the police operation is to stop the competition, these machines had no licensees the police were not getting any profit?

    • João da Silva

      TO:AES
      [quote]1,500 – $2,000 how cheaply the honor of Brazil is sold.
      [/quote]

      Just imagine if the secretaries of the government officials started charging just 1/2 the amount to fix up the appointments for the businessnmen, how the “cost of corruption” can be reduzed!

      [quote]However VavÀƒ¡ made it clear he had no responsibility in the outcome of the meetings.[/quote]

      Of course the secretaries also can make it very clear that they have responsibilities for the outcome of the meetings.

      [quote]Influence peddling in Brazil is not a crime that entails jail.
      [/quote]

      If it is not a crime, why are we making a big noise about VavÀƒ¡ doing it? Just because he charges a very low fee for his lobbying and he happens to be the brother of the President?

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