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Brazil: Congress Likely to Block Janot’s Parting Shot at Temer

Janot’s new criminal charges against Temer and a number of the latter’s closest aides derive from the previous findings linked to the JBS scandal. In these new charges, Temer is accused of obstruction of justice and organized crime. Janot claims that Temer led a criminal organization that sought to extract illegal financial concessions from a

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Argentina: Odebrecht Scandal Arrives, Casting Shadows Over Politicians

As a presidential candidate in 2015, Macri emphasized the perils of a corrupt administration and its negative impacts on the nation. In this light, he repeatedly decried manipulated data issued by the national statistics agency (INDEC) and former President Cristina Kirchner, as well as her cabinet and allies. By contrast, Macri promised to clean up

Brazil - 09

Brazil: Protests Threaten Government Stability, But Not Its Reform Agenda

On 4 December thousands of people gathered in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro for protests in defense of the Federal Police Lava Jato investigations after the Chamber of Deputies tried to water down an anti-corruption bill last week. The bill was originally forwarded to Congress by the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) with the backing

Brazil - 09

Brazil: Prosecutor General Requests Arrests of Four Top PMDB Figures

On 7 June Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot sent the STF an official request for the arrests of four major PMDB figures: suspended lower house chairman Eduardo Cunha, former President Jose Sarney, former Planning Minister Romero Juca and current Senate chairman Renan Calheiros. In Sarney’s case, the request is for house arrest due to his advanced

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Brazil: Controversy Over Lula’s Deposition Deepens Political Crisis

On 4 March former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was taken into custody by the Federal Police in Sao Paulo for questioning as part of the ongoing Lava Jato investigation. The decision by federal judge Sergio Moro, who is in charge of the investigation, to hold Lula for questioning rather than issuing an invitation

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Brazil: Implications of Odebrecht’s Arrest

In an unprecedented development, on 19 June the Federal Police arrested Marcelo Odebrecht, CEO of construction conglomerate Odebrecht Group, and Otavio Marques Azevedo, CEO of construction conglomerate Andrade Gutierrez, on charges of cartel formation and corruption. The businessmen are suspects in the Federal Police’s ongoing “Lava Jato” operation, which has probed allegedly corrupt practices involving