Odebrecht, the Brazilian company that is synonymous with corruption, decided to file for bankruptcy protection on Monday after years of graft scandals and trials involving top Latin American businessmen and politicians.
A number of top Brazilian prosecutors, including current Justice Minister Sérgio Moro, conspired to prevent former left-wing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his Workers’ Party from winning the 2018 presidential elections, according to an exclusive report published by The Intercept on Sunday evening.
Brazil’s former president Michel Temer surrendered himself to the country’s federal police for the second time on Thursday, after he was arrested and let go in March over his involvement in a massive corruption scandal that implicated top politicians across Latin America.
Brazilian Federal Police assisted Paraguay’s National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD) in the destruction of 1,132 tons of marijuana plants on the countries’ shared border as part of a new phase of Operation New Alliance (Operação Nova Aliança), a bilateral agreement to combat drug trafficking, Brazil’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security said in a press release Tuesday.
Former Brazilian President Michel Temer was released from jail on Monday as a judge ruled he poses no risk to the ongoing Lava Jato investigation while free.
Brazil arrested ex-president Michael Temer for bribery connected to the Lava Jato, or “Car Wash” operation on Thursday, in a massive scandal dubbed “the largest foreign bribery case in history,” by the US Department of Justice.
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.
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