Processo do MPF é noticiado pela Bloomberg

Eike Batista que era sempre citado pela Bloomberg como um dos ícones do capitalismo brasileiro agora é notícia por motivos que não devem deixar o ex-bilionário muito feliz. Um exemplo vai logo abaixo e o material foi publicado ontem, falando do caso aberto pelo Ministério Público Federal por causa de supostos crimes contra a ordem financeira.

Nesse artigo da Bloomberg aparece um detalhe que eu não vi na mídia brasileira. Segundo diz o advogado de Eike Batista para este caso, Sérgio Bermudes, é que a expectativa é de que este processo será longo. Em outras palavras, Eike Batista vai ficar enrolado com a justiça, e só por este processo, por um bom tempo.

Imaginem se a queixa crime que foi apresentada contra ele por agricultores do V Distrito de São João da Barra também prosperar….

 

Ex-Billionaire Charged by Brazil With Financial Crimes

Photographer: Patrick Fallon/Bloomber
Once the world’s eighth-richest person, Eike Batista’s commodities empire collapsed… Read More

Brazilian federal prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro state accused former billionaire Eike Batista of financial-market crimes and are seeking to freeze his assets.

The charges of insider trading and market manipulation carry jail sentences in Brazil of as much as 13 years, according to a statement posted on the office’s website. The freeze could affect assets valued at as much as 1.5 billion reais ($641 million), and may include homes, cars, boats, airplanes and financial holdings, the statement said.

Sergio Bermudes, a civil lawyer who says he is coordinating Batista’s judicial affairs, said he expects a “long proceeding where you have a defendant who will have a chance to produce all evidence.”

“From what I have read, they are groundless,” Bermudes, referring to the charges, said in a telephone interview from Rio de Janeiro. “I believe that there has been a wrong interpretation of facts.”

Once the world’s eighth-richest person, Batista’s commodities empire collapsed last year, led by flagship Oleo & Gas Participacoes SA, formerly known as OGX. The Rio de Janeiro-based company filed for bankruptcy protection in October after spending more than 10 billion reais since it was founded in 2007. Batista’s shipbuilding company has also entered Brazil’s judicial-recovery process.

Prosecutors accused Batista of using privileged information in the sale of OGX stock. The alleged market manipulation refers to a so-called $1 billion put option the entrepreneur pledged that was never exercised.

Batista, 57, is already accused by the country’s securities regulator of insider trading over his sale of shares in the oil company before its downfall. Batista’s lawyers have said he sold the shares to pay back creditor Mubadala Development Co. and not because he anticipated project failures, according to a document obtained by Bloomberg.

The 1.5 billion reais is approximately equal to the damage to financial markets as a result of the crimes he’s accused of, according to prosecutors.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Levin in Sao Paulo at jlevin20@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Mohammed Hadi at mhadi1@bloomberg.net

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