segunda-feira, 20 de abril de 2009

Do que a nossa comunicação social evita falar
Chile sues banks over hidden Pinochet accounts.










Não há volta a dar, Ricardo Salgado deve uma explicação clara e completa, sem se esconder atrás do sigilo bancário, sobre o que se passou com a delegação de Miami do BES e os dinheiros de Pinochet. E escusa de fazer aquele ar furibundo e acusar os outros de terem “uma estranha e patológica obsessão pelo BES”.

E já agora por onde andará o tal de 4º poder? Porque será que a nossa comunicação social só refere isto a propósito das declarações de Francisco Louçã e das respostas de Ricardo Salgado? E porque continua a assobiar para o lado, como se um processo ao BES por um Governo estrangeiro, com a acusação de cumplicidade com o ditador Pinochet no roubo de dinheiro dos chilenos, não fosse um assunto importante de ser tratado? Deixaram de receber os despachos da Associated Press e da Reuters ? Ou estão com medo que o BES lhes corte a publicidade, como em tempos fez ao Expresso?

MIAMI (AP), March 12, 2009 - Chile's government has filed lawsuits against four banks claiming those institutions were negligent or had deliberately helped former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet conceal about $26 million in public funds allegedly stolen over several decades.
The lawsuits filed Wednesday in federal court in Miami claim the banks were complicit in the alleged theft of the Chilean funds by Pinochet and others reputedly assisting him. The Chilean government seeks an unspecified amount of damages, although that would likely run into the tens of millions of dollars.

"More tragically, some of these financial institutions went beyond mere negligence, and instead chose to knowingly and actively assist Pinochet in concealing the source and true ownership of the substantial funds being deposited into their institutions," the lawsuits by Chile's government legal office allege.
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Pinochet, one of Latin America's most notorious dictactors, seized power in a bloody 1973 military coup that ousted Marxist President Salvador Allende, who died in the overthrow. Pinochet embarked on a long campaign to root out leftists, with an official government report concluding some 3,197 people died or disappeared for political reasons before Pinochet left power in 1990. He continued to serve as army commander-in-chief and as a Chilean senator until 2004, dying two years later at 91.

The government lawsuits name Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group Inc.; Spain's Banco Santander; Espirito Santo Bank of Portugal; and the Bank of Chile. In the case of the foreign banks, the lawsuits focus on transactions handled mainly by their Miami- or U.S.-based subsidiaries.

Associated Press

Reuters, Santiago do Chile, 13 de Março de 2009.
Chile sues Miami bank branches over Pinochet funds.