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Brazilian Lower House committee challenges Bolsonaro and Justice Minister Moro

Friday, May 10th 2019 - 09:54 UTC
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Moro has met with antagonism from the political elite, many of whom the ex federal judge jailed when he led the sweeping five-year political corruption probe Moro has met with antagonism from the political elite, many of whom the ex federal judge jailed when he led the sweeping five-year political corruption probe
Moro had argued that placing the COAF under the umbrella of the Justice Ministry was crucial for fulfilling Bolsonaro's vow to end years of political graft. Moro had argued that placing the COAF under the umbrella of the Justice Ministry was crucial for fulfilling Bolsonaro's vow to end years of political graft.

Brazilian lawmakers dealt a blow to the country's graft-busting Justice Minister Sergio Moro on Thursday, when a congressional committee voted to transfer a key tool for monitoring financial transactions to the recently formed Economy Ministry.

The lawmakers also voted to reverse President Jair Bolsonaro's decree giving the Agriculture Ministry power to define tribal lands and removing the country's indigenous affairs agency from the Justice Ministry.

The changes, which must still be ratified by the full lower house of Congress and then the Senate, are seen as a setback to the government - and particularly to Moro, who has declared war on the country's culture of political graft and impunity.

Moro has met with antagonism from the country's political elite, many of whom the former federal judge jailed when he led the sweeping five-year political corruption probe, known as Car Wash.

When he became justice minister this year, Moro pushed to transfer the Council for Financial Activities Control (COAF), which flags suspicious funds moving through Brazil's banking system for review by law enforcement officials, into the Justice Ministry.

On Thursday, however, a special joint committee comprised of lawmakers from the Senate and lower house voted to return the COAF to the Economy Ministry, which Bolsonaro created to replace the Finance Ministry, by a vote of 14 to 11.

Moro had argued that placing the COAF under the umbrella of the Justice Ministry was crucial for fulfilling Bolsonaro's vow to end years of political graft.

But the move alarmed some lawmakers, many of whom are under investigation on suspicion of corruption. Critics argued that moving the COAF to the Justice Ministry represented a potentially dangerous consolidation of authority under Moro.

Bolsonaro said in an online video on Thursday evening that he hoped Congress would keep COAF in the Justice Ministry, given that it is a powerful tool for combating corruption.

The congressional committee also voted to remove powers the government gave itself to supervise and monitor tens of thousands of non-governmental organizations, including foreign ones that Bolsonaro warned were interfering in Brazil.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

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  • :o))

    REF: “challenges”:

    Why not decent a GUN-FIGHT? More appropriate, isn't it?

    May 10th, 2019 - 03:35 pm 0
  • Jack Bauer

    “On Thursday, however, a special joint committee comprised of lawmakers from the Senate and lower house voted to return the COAF to the Economy Ministry”.

    This irrational manoeuvre makes no sense other than from the politicians' points of view, as their intention is to remove the COAF from where it should be - Min of justice, to investigate suspicious financial movement - to the Min of Economy, thus an attempt to weaken it....but Moro and PG have already agreed, that if Congress manages to pull it off, Moro will simply transfer the whole COAF structure, as it stands today - with staff chosen by Moro - lock, stock and barrel, to PG.

    May 14th, 2019 - 04:08 pm 0
  • :o))

    When I insist that Brazil is on its way to Legalize Corruption, NOBODY believes!

    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iLp9VfGb_qg/XLZzIoQP0KI/AAAAAAAAaIw/q3-IJ7y2zn4t9bzqYu9L3DyxO29k7u65QCLcBGAs/s1600/0Milicias.jpg

    May 15th, 2019 - 10:57 am 0
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