Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
A Portuguese version of this post will follow shortly.
Imagine the hilarity of receiving not one but an inbox filling succession of “extrajudicial” letters as attempts to — not only silence me, but imply I have no right to use my family name. Yes, you heard that correctly. The word that comes to mind is preposterous.
The clown responsible for this failed exercise in intimidation is an individual who goes by the name Caio Druso. Someone please honk his red nose to wake him up. Orwell called and wants his dystopia back.
The events leading up to this are comments I’ve made about my grandfather’s foundation and companies. Evidently, Mr. Druso must be unaware I’m a French citizen, resident in France and subject to French and European laws. All statements I have made are verifiable. Not only verifiable, the truth being the ultimate defence to slander in international law, but also protected by the European charter on freedom of expression.
So now that that’s clear, I feel I must go much further and deeper into comments I’ve made previously. These regard nepotism which is a well known form of corruption.
My previous statement was that: Tereza Pereira, a woman with only a high school education, was given the job to administer a foundation worth over ten million dollars and which also received donations from the public (meaning this is a matter of public interest). This woman also happened to have an amorous relationship with the president of said foundation which began on or around the time of her hiring. This is textbook nepotism of the highest order.
Furthermore, this woman went on to use the foundation as if Marie Antoinette at the royal court. The standard for her courtiers was loyalty and devotion. This took the foundation on a path which divorced it entirely from the motives behind its creation. Originally designed to assist impoverished women much like Planned Parenthood in America, it cannibalised itself into something quite other.
But now back to the nepotism. Not long after my grandfather’s death the daughter of Tereza Pereira, Patricia Rudge, was installed to head the pharmaceutical branch of my grandfather’s company. A company which, when it was founded, I was given 5% of the shares. As I wasn’t contacted after his death, I now feel compelled to investigate what manoeuvres were made to transfer those shares to someone else? There’s an amusing French proverb that says, Qui vole un œuf vole un bœuf. Egg and cow rhyme in French, so the saying goes that if you can steel one, you can steal the other. If one form of corruption is acceptable, what other forms may have occurred? What other forms may be occurring right now?
Now we also have to ask ourselves what class of lawyer beneficiaries of nepotism hire to do their bidding? If history is anything to go by, the Trump team and Michael Cohen come to mind. Self-dealing attracts self-dealing.