Regarding the deposition scheduled for this Thursday, July 16, Dora Cavalcanti, Marcelo Odebrecht’s defense attorney, gives the following clarifications:

1. At the scheduled time, the attorney Dora Cavalcanti arrived to accompany Marcelo to his deposition regarding the specific investigation opened into the note Marcelo sent to his attorneys.  

2. Unfortunately, in yet another clear demonstration of the restriction of the right of defense, the attorney Dora Cavalcanti was taken by surprise by when the leader of the investigation informed her that she could not accompany her client. The Police Chief claimed [that the reason for this was because] Dora was one of the signatories of the petition to the Paraná Division of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), through which the original note was delivered to protect attorney-client privilege.

3. However, contrary to news published in the media, Marcelo’s defense counsel has never refused to allow that deposition to be made. On the contrary, the attorney has insisted that her client be deposed in order to clear up that matter once and for all. The Police Chief’s suggestion, which the defense did not accept, was for Marcelo to appoint another attorney on the spot who was present but not listed in the power of attorney, which would have been a violation of the absolute right of a person under investigation to be accompanied by duly appointed attorneys and not those [appointed] at the investigators’ convenience.

4. As they have done on previous occasions, Marcelo Odebrecht’s defense counsel will call in the Paraná Division of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) as well as the Federal Council to ensure that all appropriate measures are taken to protect the right of defense and the prerogatives of his attorneys;

5. Regarding the note that is the focus of the inquiry, and which was brought to the authorities’ attention by the defense attorneys themselves in a clear sign of transparency and good faith on the part of Marcelo and his counsel, it is important to reiterate that the Federal Police’s interpretation of its contents is completely wrong. Just reading the note easily leads to the conclusion that it merely contains Marcelo’s instructions to his attorneys about drawing up a writ of habeas corpus.