Petrobras was repaid on Friday (July 31) more than $20 million siphoned off in bribery scheme uncovered by Operation Car Wash.
The returned funds are equivalent to 80% of the total amount of $29 million repatriated by the Attoney General Office (MPF) in Switzerland. They were returned by Petrobras former manager Pedro Barusco as a result of the bargain deal during investigations.
The other 20% of the total amount repatriated will be available to the Federal Police for possible indenmity payments that may arise after the sentence. The repatriated funds are part of the kickback money received by Barusco, from 1999 to 2012, from contracts with the Dutch company SBM, which provides offshore platforms.
This is the second payback to Petrobras since the beginning of Operation Car Wash. In May 11, $43,653 million of bribery involving Pedro Barusco has been handed over to the Brazilian company.
Petrobras CEO Aldemir Bendine announced that another contract was signed for the payback of more repatriated funds in Operation Car Wash, but he could not tell the total amount. “[The figures] are still being reached and there are several actions which are still in consolidation phase,” he said.
“Apart from savagely plunder the company's funds, what these criminals have done was to deprive the Brazilian people from their pride. With this payback, we intend to reverse this situation and allow us to have pride again, to recover our pride,” stated Rodrigo Janot, Attorney-General of the Republic, during the ceremony of money payback at the company's headquarters. José Eduardo Cardozo, the Ministry of Justice, have also attended the ceremony.
Translated by Amarílis Anchieta
Fonte: Petrobras receives more than $20 million siphoned off in bribery scheme