The auction of gold bars and diamonds that belonged to the former governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral, reached R $ 4,599,317.60 million. There were 20 items, five gold bars and 15 diamond stones. The auction was held last Wednesday, determined by judge Marcelo Bretas, of the 7th Federal Criminal Court. The five gold pieces, totaling 4.5 kilos, were sold, in separate lots, for a total of R $ 1.401 million. Diamonds reached R $ 3.197 million. The stone with the lowest price was a 2.05 carat diamond, worth R $ 101 thousand. The most expensive diamond, of 4.06 carats, was sold for R $ 335 thousand. Both gold and stones were bought by Cabral when he was governor of Rio de Janeiro and were eventually discovered during investigations of Operation Lava Jato. The auction, held by auctioneer Luiz Tenório de Paula, was entirely electronic. The auctioneer's commission is 5% of the total bid, which corresponds to approximately R $ 230 thousand. Diamonds and gold were repatriated from Switzerland, by the Federal Public Ministry (MPF), in March this year, after a long bureaucratic process. 4.5 kg of gold and 27 diamond stones were brought in, valued at approximately R $ 20 that were acquired with money embezzled by Cabral.
The existence of gold and diamonds was revealed by the brothers and money changers Marcelo and Renato Chebar in an award-winning plea closed with the Lava Jato do Rio de Janeiro. They were operators of the Cabral scheme. The money raised goes to the Ministry of Justice and the Anti-Drug Fund, with 40% of the amount raised to structure and equip the police forces responsible for seizing the jewels. The rest goes to the National Anti-Drug Fund (Funad), which currently has R $ 92 million to finance, among others, projects and actions to prevent and combat illicit trafficking.
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