Brazil Lower House of Congress on Wednesday approved a bill that reopens a program providing an amnesty against criminal prosecution to Brazilians holding undeclared assets abroad if they pay tax and a fine.
“My government would never interfere in the investigation which is the hands of the police, prosecutors and judiciary,” Temer said in the statement to reporters. “The government will not shield anyone.”
Brazilian Supreme Court justice called for legalization of marijuana and even cocaine to undo the growing power of drug gangs behind a wave of violence that has shaken Latin America’s largest country.
Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot had earlier this week accused ex-President Jose Sarney, who now sits in the Senate, along with Senators Romero Juca and Renan Calheiros of conducting “political maneuvers” in a bid to hamper the massive investigation, known as Operation Carwash.
Electoral court in Rio de Janeiro ordered Rio de Janeiro state governor Luiz Fernando Pezão and his deputy to stand down, accusing them of offering state contracts to attract financing for a 2014 reelection campaign.
President Michel Temer, who also authorized the use of federal troops to quell uprisings in prisons last month that led to around 140 deaths in various states, dispatched the country’s defense minister to Espirito Santo on Monday.
Maia promised to make the lower chamber a “protagonist” in Temer’s reform agenda and give priority to passage of a bill modernizing Brazil’s outdated labor laws, a major demand from the businessmen struggling with a two-year recession.
Eike Batista, once Brazil’s richest man, flew into Rio de Janeiro and was detained by federal police in connection with charges including an alleged $16 million bribe to a former governor, Globo news television reported.
“So far, Brazil has not appeared in Trump’s sights,” Pereira said. “I think Brazilian manufacturers will not be hurt and that our trade discussions with Washington will continue to advance.”