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Brazil's leading anti-corruption Justice announces he is stepping down

Friday, May 30th 2014 - 03:41 UTC
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Supreme Court Chief Justice Joaquim Barbosa, who with an iron hand presided over a well-known corruption trial that resulted in important politicians going to jail, will step down from the bench this year, Brazil's Senate leader said Thursday. Read full article


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  • Escoses Doido

    Thanks for your efforts Mr Barbosa.

    Loved you I POTC.

    May 30th, 2014 - 11:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mr Ed

    I suppose the backlog of possible corruption cases from the World Cup would drive anyone into retirement. Well done sir, a life that is a testament to work, truth and honour, sadly lacking in public life the world over.

    May 30th, 2014 - 03:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    A great man to have pushed through these public trials - when most of those powerful people around him in Brasil were, to a greater or lesser extent, tainted by the all-pervading stench of Lula's country-wide corruption.

    But don't expect that this is the last Brasil will see of Barbosa.
    If he manages to dodge the 'lost bullets' I hope to see him standing successfully for President in 2018.

    We need a 'White Knight'.

    May 30th, 2014 - 04:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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    May 30th, 2014 - 06:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Renan Calheiros told reporters after a private meeting with the jurist, that “It was a surprise and we're very sorry, since he's one of the best models the country has,” .........almost certainly said with tongue in cheek....Renan himself was the target of an investigation by the Supreme Court, about 5 or 6 years ago, when it leaked out that he was supporting a lover , in a very lavish fashion, with public funds....he didn't lose his wife, who chose to stand beside him, regardless of the scandal (not at having the lover, but to have supported her with taxpayer money), but he lost the Presidency of the Senate. As Congress is mostly just a bunch of improductive, corrupt politicians, all wanting their share of the cake, Renan was voted back in about 2 years ago....So Renan, as well as former president Lula, must be rejoicing that Joaquim Barbosa has retired. As to the reasons which lead him to take such a decision, Barbosa alleges he made up his mind to retire while in Europe about 6 months ago, so it is doubtful that we'll ever know to what extent - if any - the fact that his life was recently and openly threatened by a PT government official in the State of Rio Grande do Norte, affected his decision.
    Regarding the “mensalão”, and the fact that “Twenty-five of the 37 defendants were found guilty, in large measure due to the extensive work done by Barbosa, who handed down very harsh sentences to those convicted, including Lula da Silva's one-time presidential chief of staff, Jose Dirceu”, I only have to add that the sentence handed down to José Dirceu was anything but harsh....after being condemned as the mentor of the scheme that diverted hundreds of millions, to bribe other politicians, he is sentenced to 5 years in a semi-open prison regime, whereby he only has to sleep at the prison, is a complete joke. For stealing a banana will get you just as much time, without the benefit of being able to leave prison during the daytime.

    May 30th, 2014 - 06:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Seems like an honest man who did his best.

    Would that others could say the same.

    May 30th, 2014 - 08:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Escoses Doido

    The guy has balls. Loved it when he refused that Albanian dyke's handshake in public!
    Brasilians generally are racist, especially those who always refer to themselves as 'brancos'.
    Although he is a decent man, he's up against very wealthy powerful people who scorn people of African decent.

    May 30th, 2014 - 09:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Something, and some-one, Brazil can be proud of.

    A fine example of an honourable man.

    May 31st, 2014 - 02:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @1-8, Barbosa certainly deserves all the praise. He did Brazil a great favour by being the driving force behind putting the “Mensaleiros” in jail, even if only temporarily. Also in his favour is the fact that when appointed by Lula to the Supreme Court 11 years ago, he did not kowtow to the stinkin' 9-fingered President.
    @7 Escoces Doido, rgdng yr “Brasilians generally are racist, especially those who always refer to themselves as 'brancos'” , racism in Brazil is not usually openly expressed, as the current laws can complicate things for the offender, but it is there, festering under the surface. Every now and again, someone (white, of course) is arrested and prosecuted for racism. A funny thing though, if you ask a “mulato” what he is, he will invariably claim he's white....unless of course, he is trying to be included in some “quota” whereby people who declare themselves as blacks, obtain some benefit (such as a fast-track into college). Also, if a black person offends a white one, referring to the colour of his skin, THAT is perfectly normal. Unfortunately, that's the result of the absurd 'political correctness' which seems to have taken control of society.

    May 31st, 2014 - 08:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    Cue the Britards and sympathizers who know nothing of Brazil (or of that man in particular) but hush to comment because of Mercopress's vomit-worth description of him as “anti-corruption”.

    Jun 01st, 2014 - 05:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    OK, you've cued me Forgetit. What do you want?

    Jun 01st, 2014 - 08:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Comment removed by the editor.

    Jun 01st, 2014 - 08:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @10 Forgetit or whatever your stupid f*cking name is, it sounds like it is YOU who knows f*uck all about state that Barbosa was not against the corruption in Brazil, is proof you don't know what the hell you are talking about. Stick your head back up your arse and go to sleep.

    Jun 02nd, 2014 - 04:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Time to Forget just another little troll performing under another new name because he was exposed as a fraud under his last screen name.
    Only the stupid, weak and foolish need to keep changing screen name.

    I only feed the trolls on my terms. When it amuses me to do so.

    Mwaaahahaha! !!!

    (or I have a spare biscuit! !)

    Jun 02nd, 2014 - 09:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87


    I'm not Keith or whoever else you think I am. Forgetit87 and 86 are my only accounts. I have been here for far longer than you and if anything it's me who should be asking you the questions, not the other way around. I have already denounced you to Mercopress for trying to impersonate and defame me using a fake account, and I won't leave you alone until you're routed out of this website. I'm denouncing you again for making use of gratuitous foul language, you disturbed, creepy little thing.

    @Jack Bauer
    I'm from Brazil and I won't be lectured for the likes of some Britard. I have my reasons for depising Barbosa that I don't care to explain to, again, the likes of Britards. You can sink in your prurient ignorance as much as you like as far as I care.

    Jun 02nd, 2014 - 09:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    How is your paranoia coming along?

    Jun 03rd, 2014 - 06:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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