The Sao Paulo Forum, a leftist organization (promotes agendas 2030), and its leaders up to their necks with corruption, reports the Brazilian press. In Chile, right-wing presidential candidate José Antonio Kast Rist @joseantoniokast said via Twitter: “Michelle Bachelet must resign her position at the UN and come to face Chilean justice. If the truth is proven, she should be tried and jailed for any acts of corruption. Like all presidents in Latin America, they were bought by OAS. In November 2013, in the middle of the second presidential round, Lula Da Silva, mandated by OAS, came to visit Michele Bachelet and pledge OAS financial support for his campaign, according to a Brazilian businessman imprisoned for corruption. More than two years ago, we asked the National Prosecutor to investigate Bachelet for irregular OAS contributions. Today we know that she would have received more than 100 million pesos for her campaign. Bachelet has to respond.Lava Jato links OAS and Lula to Bachelet’s campaign in ChileLéo Pinheiro, former boss of the construction company, said he gave 101.6 million pesos to finance the campaign of the then standard-bearer of the New Majority, at the request of the former Brazilian President.Amid the investigation into the Lava Jato case, which investigates a wide web of corruption among Brazilian politicians and contractors, businessman Léo Pinheiro revealed in his court statement that the company he headed, the OAS construction company, illegally financed Michelle Bachelet’s presidential campaign in 2013 at the request of former President Lula da Silva. According to the Folha de Sao Paulo, Pinheiro mentioned the former Brazilian president as a business intermediary between the company and the governments of Costa Rica and Chile, as well as alleged interference in other countries such as Bolivia and Equatorial Guinea. In the case of Chile, Pinheiro – who has been detained since 2016 – said that the Brazilian company was trying to establish itself in 2013, joining the consortium that sought to build a bridge in the Chacao canal, a process initiated during the government of Sebastián Piñera, but that would be concretized in the subsequent administration. It was an electoral year, where the standard-bearer of the New Majority, Michelle Bachelet, was the favorite to return to La Moneda. In that sense, according to the testimony revealed by Folha, OAS feared losing the contract with the change of government, a concern that made Lula see.
The ex-president replied that he had discussed the issue with ex-president Ricardo Lagos, who in turn had guaranteed that the construction company would continue with the concession.Pinheiro also assured that Lula asked him for money to finance Bachelet’s campaign in order to secure the concession. Thus, according to the businessman, the Brazilian company paid 101.6 million pesos “in interest of Bachelet’s campaign. The amount, he said, was delivered through a fictitious contract with the company Martelli y Asociados once the campaign was over. However, after the Lava Jato case erupted in Brazil and OAS interference was investigated, the construction company withdrew from the Chacao canal concession. Other interferences According to Folha, Léo Pinheiro also revealed participations of his company in other countries, with the intervention of Lula. That was the case in Bolivia where, according to the former director, OAS was awarded the construction of a road between the cities of Potosí and Tarija in 2003 at the request of the leader of the PT, whose government at the time had differences with the administration of Evo Morales. It was not an easy project, since it had been initiated in 2003 by Queiroz Galvao, a company that entered into a conflict with the Bolivian government, breaking the contract in 2007.
This opened a diplomatic impasse that Brasilia wanted to avoid, and Pinheiro assured that the then Brazilian President promised OAS another contract in Bolivia as compensation for taking on a problematic project. Another case cited by the former OAS president was Lula’s intervention in Costa Rica. In 2011, the former president was hired by the Brazilian company for a $200,000 conference and arranged a meeting between Pinheiro and former Costa Rican head of state Oscar Arias.The businessman also met with the then President Laura Chinchilla to negotiate the obtaining of public concessions, a business that became a reality. Léo Pinheiro is accused as one of those responsible for OAS in a huge corruption scheme that includes the delivery of a triplex by the construction company to former President Lula, for which the former president was sentenced to nine years in prison, a sentence he is serving in a prison in Curitiba.