SENT CASH ABROAD’

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mil­lion and US$2 mil­lion re­spec­tively to help the re-elec­tion of the late So­cial­ist leader.

She said it was Lula, a left-wing icon who ruled from 2003 to 2010 but who is on trial on nu­mer­ous counts of cor­rup­tion, who pushed the cou­ple to help re­gional al­lies, in­clud­ing El Sal­vador’s left­ist, Mauricio Funes, in 2009.

She said the US$3 mil­lion they were given to help in El Sal­vador — “a coun­try at the end of the world with war, earth­quakes and no money” — was pro­vided by Ode­brecht, whose for­mer direc­tor had him­self been jailed for cor­rup­tion in the Car Wash case.

The cou­ple also worked for for­mer Pana­ma­nian pres­i­dent Ri­cardo Martinelli, who is wanted on cor­rup­tion charges in his own coun­try and now lives in Mi­ami.

Moura said Martinelli, who was pres­i­dent from 2009 to 2014, gave her half a mil­lion dol­lars in “op­er­at­ing costs” while she was work­ing in Panama on be­half of the man he wanted to suc­ceed him in power.

San­tana and Moura were both sen­tenced last Fe­bru­ary to eight years for money laun­der­ing in con­nec­tion with the Car Wash scan­dal, and are now col­lab­o­rat­ing with prosecutors to re­duce their sen­tences.

In their video­taped tes­ti­mony, they said both Lula and his suc­ces­sor Rouss­eff, who was her­self im­peached for ac­count­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties last year, were fully aware of the il­le­gal cam­paign fi­nanc­ing of their Work­ers Party.

Lawyers for Lula dis­missed the ac­cu­sa­tions as “lies”. AFP

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(From left) For­mer Brazil­ian pres­i­dents Dilma Rouss­eff and Luiz Ina­cio Lula da Silva at an event with sup­port­ers in Cu­ritiba, Parana, on Wed­nes­day.

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