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Bolsonaro dumps “Operation Car Wash” because there is “no more corruption in the government”

Thursday, October 8th 2020 - 09:25 UTC
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“I ended Car Wash because there is no more corruption in government,” Bolsonaro stated at an event announcing measures to support civil aviation “I ended Car Wash because there is no more corruption in government,” Bolsonaro stated at an event announcing measures to support civil aviation

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday that he has ended the country's biggest-ever corruption probe, “Operation Car Wash,” as there is “no more corruption in the government.”

Launched six years ago, the investigation has put some of the biggest names in politics and business behind bars, including former president Lula da Silva. But it has become increasingly bogged down by politics and controversy.

The far-right leader said he was “proud” to end it. “I ended Car Wash because there is no more corruption in government,” he stated at an event announcing measures to support civil aviation at the presidential palace in Brasilia.

His comments were met with laughter and applause by dozens of executives and officials at the event.

Operation Car Wash, which last month was extended by the Brazilian attorney general until January 31, has upended Brazilian politics and business since it was launched as a money-laundering probe.

Using an aggressive strategy of arrests and plea bargains, it has steadily pried the lid off a massive corruption scheme in which politicians and business executives plundered billions of dollars from state-run oil company Petrobras.

Suspects' tell-all confessions in exchange for lighter sentences sent tremors around Latin America, as it emerged that a laundry list of powerful politicians had taken huge bribes from one of the main players in the scheme, the construction company Odebrecht, in exchange for juicy public contracts.

The operation's success in bringing once untouchable figures to justice made it popular in corruption-weary Brazil. But more recently, critics have accused the task force of pushing its aggressive tactics too far, provoking twin political and economic crises and undermining suspects' right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

It also faces accusations of playing politics, particularly after leaked communications appeared to show investigators conspiring to keep Lula, a leftist icon, from staging a come-back in Brazil's 2018 presidential race.

Likewise Bolsonaro needs to build alliances with the complex network of Brazilian politics to ensure a good showing in the coming municipal elections when over 5,600 cities will be choosing officials, plus reinforcing the president's re-election chances in 2022.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

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  • Don Alberto

    Surely You're Joking, president Bolsonaro!

    Car wash is obviously getting to close to Bolsonaro and his family, so now it has to stop.

    Oct 08th, 2020 - 07:24 pm +2
  • Jack Bauer

    Fact is that he has always been corrupt....his 3 sons followed suit. His two ex-wives as well....all their 'assistants' too.....they have all bought and spent millions on real estate....paid in live cash.....no evidence of money being withdrawn from a bank, so silly question : where does all this cash come from ?

    He fools no one except the fanatics who refuse to see what's going on.

    And now, day before yesterday (15th Oct) , a close friend and long time ally, Senator Chico Rodrigues was caught by the Federal Police hiding wads of money between his butt-cheeks.....some of it soiled by his poop....
    All Brazilian politicians, with rare exceptions are exactly the same shit....they all claim to be disgusted by the rampant corruption, but they are the ones responsible for all the stealing. When caught, they act as they did nothing wrong, and all the other corrupt cronies rush to defend them. It's no use, Brazil will never rid itself of big corruption.

    Oct 17th, 2020 - 04:39 pm 0
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