September 5, 2019 / 5:22 PM / 13 days ago

Brazil to use $245 million from graft probe to protect Amazon: senator

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's President of the Senate Davi Alcolumbre is seen after meeting governors in his home in Brasilia, Brazil May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The head of Brazil’s Senate said on Thursday he signed an agreement with the Supreme Court to assign 1 billion reais ($245 million) in graft money recovered in the Car Wash investigation to protect the Amazon.

“I thank all the institutions involved in this negotiation. Save our Amazon!” Senator Davi Alcolumbre wrote in a Twitter message. Brazil’s government has come under wide criticism abroad for its tepid response to fires that have ravaged the Amazon rainforest, considered a bulwark against climate change.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Dan Grebler

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