It was late November 2016, and Brazil’s largest-ever corruption scandal was finally reaching the country’s political elites.
Demonstration of support for Lava Jato probe, Sao Paulo, December 4, 2016; Photo by The Photographer (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Brazil needs to enact wide-ranging reforms in its political and judicial systems and “move beyond purely punitive initiatives” to combat corruption, Transparency International Brasil said over the weekend.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed Tuesday the Anti-Crime Bill, a significant step in the country’s crackdown on organized crime, violent crime and corruption, the country’s Justice Ministry said.
In an effort to clampdown on political corruption and organized crime, Brazil’s new right-wing government unveiled a proposal Monday that would lengthen prison sentences and protect police who use deadly force.
Brazil’s Supreme Court has reopened a probe into suspicious payments involving President Bolsonaro’s son Flavio. The justice acted Friday, the same day the junior politician was sworn in as senator.
The whistleblower at the heart of the corruption probe into Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht sought United States protection before he suddenly died last week along with his son, who drank poisonous water he found on his father’s desk, Bloomberg reported Friday.
Romania’s influential politician Liviu Dragnea on Monday mocked investigative journalists who announced they are in possession of a suitcase of evidence allegedly proving Dragnea is linked to a company suspected of corruption and EU funds fraud.
Brazilian authorities Friday seized over US$16 million worth in cash and luxury watches from Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the 50-year-old vice president of Equatorial Guinea, O Estado de S. Paulo reported.
Brazil’s federal police filed a report Wednesday requesting corruption charges to be raised against President Michel Temer, which could lead to his suspension from office, the Associated Press reports.
In the wake of the fire that immolated Brazil’s oldest and most important scientific museum, Brazilians are blaming neglect, corruption, and lavish World Cup spending for the destruction of a collection of 20 million artifacts.
A Brooklyn federal judge sentenced on Wednesday a former Brazilian soccer federation president to four years in prison for conspiratorial racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering, the US Department of Justice said.
Widespread fraud in Brazil’s timber industry has allowed businesses to illegally extract millions of dollars of timber from the country’s rainforest over the past several years, according to a paper published inScientific Advanceslate last week.
Brazilian authorities arrested last week Daurio Speranzini Jr. and 19 others for involvement in an international health-care cartel, Reuters reported Wednesday.
Brazilian radio journalist Jairo Sousa, who frequently reported on corruption and organized crime, was shot dead early Thursday morning as he arrived to work at Radio Perola in the northern Para state, local police reported.
Authorities in Brazil on Thursday arrested over 60 members of the country’s largest and most powerful drug gang, which police say is responsible for the murder and disappearance of people throughout Brazil, The London Free Press reported.
Brazil conducted on Thursday one of the country’s largest anti-corruption operations ever when authorities cracked down on a money laundering network of politicians and businessmen accused of moving US$1 billion to accounts in over 50 countries, Reuters reported.
Brazil’s Supreme Court confirmed that Senator Aecio Neves will stand trial for corruption and obstruction of justice charges, a news release stated Tuesday.
A Brazilian judge fined Facebook US$33.4 million on Thursday for failing to cooperate with prosecutors in a graft probe in the state of Amazonas.
After 10 hours of deliberation, Brazil’s Supreme Court ordered on Thursday ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to begin serving his 12-year prison sentence while he continues to appeal his corruption conviction.
Former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff criticized Netflix for political bias and character assassination in its latest series on the infamous Lava Jato corruption investigation, Reuters reported Tuesday.
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