Brazil Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot calls for investigations into bribery and political kickbacks against six cabinet ministers and over 100 lawmakers.
Carlos Lima said the Odebrecht statements expanded the probe far beyond expectations and would ensnare top congressmen, senior members of the executive branch and other powerful figures.
Brazil’s Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot plans to ask the Supreme Court for authorization to investigate ministers in President Michel Temer’s cabinet and senior senators from his PMDB party for corruption as soon as this week, a source familiar with the plans said on Sunday.
President Michel Temer’s government expects a federal judge to recommend his removal for illegal campaign funding but believes it can stall a final decision by Brazil’s top electoral court until after he leaves office next year, aides said.
President Michel Temer’s nominee Moraes, who took leave as minister when he was nominated two weeks ago, vowed to be “absolutely independent and impartial.”
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.
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the lower chamber a “protagonist” in Temer’s reform agenda and give priority to passage of a bill modernizing Brazil’s outdated labor laws, a major demand from the businessmen struggling with a two-year recession.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.”
A scandal involving bribes Brazil’s Odebrecht distributed in Peru during three presidencies is shaping up to be bigger than the massive graft case that toppled former leader Alberto Fujimori.
“In times of crisis, workers need more protection not less,” Prosecutor-General for Labor Ronaldo Fleury, whose office in responsible for chasing labor law violations from slavery to child labor, said at a news conference.
Brazilian Supreme Court justice Teori Zavascki was killed when the small aircraft he was in came down in heavy rain on Thursday.
“We will have to focus carefully on unemployment. That is our main worry, and that requires economic growth,” President Michel Temer said.
New lands have not been demarcated for indigenous groups since August amid a push by lawmakers from Brazil’s rural areas to change the process, said former FUNAI president Marcio Santilli in comments echoed by campaigners.
At least 33 inmates have been killed in a gang massacre inside a Brazilian prison after 56 were killed and mutilated in a jail riot in a neighbouring state.
Joao Doria, a millionaire businessman who once hosted “The Apprentice Brazil,” took the oath of office in the country’s financial capital of Sao Paulo.