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Vaza Jato reveals that Lava Jato was acting outside the law to obtain suspect tax data
A clandestine police state was set up to investigate suspects in the Lava Jato led by Sergio Moro and Deltan Dallagnol. With the collaboration of tax auditor Roberto Leonel, current president of Coaf, tax secrets were broken without judicial authorization – especially from people close to former president Lula. This is what the new chapter of Vaza Jato shows.
247 – The new chapter of Vaza Jato reveals that Lava Jato was acting outside the law to obtain tax data from suspects. This has happened several times and has targeted people linked to the processes involving former President Lula, who has been held as a political prisoner for almost 500 days. “Prosecutors of the Lava Jato operation also used Telegram to informally obtain sensitive data from the IRS – that is, without any judicial control.
Task Force coordinator Deltan Dallagnol and his colleagues in Curitiba have repeatedly resorted to a senior informant within the IRS to lift citizens’ fiscal secrecy without the court having authorized the breach, ” reporters Leandro Demori and Paula reveal. Bianchi, on Intercept .
“To obtain the confidential data, the prosecutors turned to the tax auditor Roberto Leonel, who headed the intelligence area of the IRS in Curitiba, where he worked. Leonel is now president of Coaf,” said the reporters. That is: one of the main allies Minister Sergio Moro was responsible for smuggling tax data from suspects.
Focus on former president Lula
In August 2015, hearing of news that a nephew of Lula had done business in Angola with the help of politician and Odebrecht, the first thing that happened to attorney Roberson Pozzobon was to call Leonel, according to the Intercept report. “I want to ask via Leonel not to get too much in the face, like fishing fisherman and pay lol,” he said in a message to Dallagnol in the group Chat FT MPF Curitiba 2.
“The following year, between January and March, the task force asked Leonel to gather information about a daughter-in-law from Lula and the caretaker from the Atibaia site,” the report said. Surroundings also included the solicitation, made by the prosecutors, for information on the heritage of the former owners of the site. At the same time, prosecutors also asked the auditor for information about purchases that former first lady Marisa Letícia and the couple’s security guards would have made. “