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Brazil’s Trade minister questioned by Public Ethics Committee on corruption claims

Friday, February 17th 2012 - 02:41 UTC
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The Brazilian Executive Public Ethics Committee will investigate alleged corruption claims involving Development, Industry and Foreign Trade minister Fernando Pimentel. Jose Paulo Sepulveda Pertence said the investigation will focus on media reports that exposed Pimentel activities as business consultant for private companies in 2009 and 2010. Read full article


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  • BenC30

    Corruption is widespread in South America so this shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone.

    Feb 17th, 2012 - 08:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Pimentel will be a big strategic loss to the Brasilian government. His portfolio is critical to the development of the nation.

    But corruption is corruption, and this is exposure is timed to just precede the Fischa Limpa re-validation/destruction vote.

    Many of us fought really hard to ensure that convicted criminally corrupt politicians should have no further place in public life. This may be being overturned as we speak.

    I get the feeling with these serial accusations of corruption against ministers - and we should remember that it is not just ministers that are corrupt public officials, this extends throughout all political and public administration - there is a pattern, a plan, to shatter the 'untouchable' mind-set of those in public office.

    Once all public officials get the message that their past behaviour is unacceptible, and will incur REAL penalties of forfeiture and public-imprisonment for themselves and their implicated families, we might expect to get the cleaner governance that we deserve.

    This will take more than one administrative period. I believe that it is important that President Rousseff stays fit, well, and re-electable; and that she does not suffer any 'unfortunate accident'.

    Feb 17th, 2012 - 10:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Fido Dido

    “Corruption is widespread in South America so this shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone.”

    Chill out BenClown, similar like in Europe include the UK, so as usual, concentrate on your own rhetoric. as we can witness right now how tax payers there are being raped, though there is still a denial of the corruption, what is even worse.

    This guy is going to be fine, it if was really big, there would be more “news” about him, but there isn't. Not even Globo international pays attention to it.

    Feb 17th, 2012 - 05:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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