Brazil builder execs declare Rousseff campaign used kickbacks: paper

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:21 PM

The testimony, portion of a plea bargain with eleven executives of builder Andrade Gutierrez [AGIS. UL], would be the strongest link yet between the widening "Operation Car Wash" probe and Rousseff'south campaign, the Folha de S.

Executives from Brazil'south second-largest engineering company testified that President Dilma Rousseff's two thousand fourteen reelection campaign was partly funded by kickbacks from large infrastructure projects, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

The testimony, portion of a plea bargain with eleven executives of builder Andrade Gutierrez [AGIS. UL], would be the strongest link yet between the widening "Operation Car Wash" probe and Rousseff'south campaign, the Folha de S. Paulo paper said.

The main opposition party PSDB has demanded that electoral authorities strike down Rousseff'south triumph and call for fresh elections later this year.

A spokeswoman for Rousseff'south Workers' Party, known as PT, said the allegations were false. "All the campaign donations received by the PT party were strictly valid and declared to the electoral court," she told Reuters in an emailed response.

Andrade Gutierrez declined to comment.

Plea bargain deals are confidential until the testimonies are collected by prosecutors and accepted by a judge. A source latest mo confirmed that Andrade Gutierrez executives had signed a plea deal, which was being handled by federal prosecutors as it involved politicians.

The executives said bribes were paid to win contracts in projects, including the Angra three nuclear power station, the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam and three stadiums built for the soccer World Cup held in Brazil in two thousand-fourteenth, Folha reported.

The paper had previously reported that Andrade Gutierrez executives said the scheme was also used in Rousseff's two thousand ten election campaign.

(Reporting by Silvio Cascione; Editing by Bernadette Baum, Lisa Von Ahn and David Gregorio)

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