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Brazil: Judge Opens Corruption Probe into Nearly 100 Senior Politicians

HeadlineApr 14, 2017

In Brazil, a Supreme Court judge has launched a corruption probe into 98 politicians for allegedly taking bribes from a Brazilian construction firm. Among those under investigation are eight members of President Michel Temer’s Cabinet, the heads of both chambers of Congress and dozens of senior lawmakers. This is political scientist Geraldo Tadeu of the State University of Rio de Janeiro.

Geraldo Tadeu: “This demonstrates that we are talking about a system that drains public resources, a corrupt system which needs to be––and must be––uncovered. These investigations have to go deep, so that we can reduce the level of corruption.”

Last month, a federal court sentenced Brazil’s former speaker of the lower house, Eduardo Cunha, to more than 15 years in prison for corruption. Cunha was a key leader in the push to impeach Dilma Rousseff, who was Brazil’s first female president, in a process Rousseff and others have called a coup.

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