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Brazil Supreme Court chief says money laundering unit overreached

Sep 13 2019

BRASILIA A Brazilian government agency monitoring money laundering, at the heart of the recent fight against corruption, has repeatedly overreached by acting without judicial approval, the head of the country's Supreme Court told Reuters.

Exclusive: Petrobras unit head removed amid bribery allegations

Sep 05 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA The chief executive of a natural gas pipeline unit of Brazilian state oil firm Petrobras has been removed, the company told Reuters on Thursday, after a middleman in a graft scheme implicated him in plea bargain testimony.

Exclusive: Middleman implicates top executives at Vitol, Trafigura in alleged bribery ring

Sep 05 2019

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO A middleman in a graft scheme at Brazilian state oil company Petrobras has implicated the chairman of global energy trading firm Vitol in a bribery operation to obtain oil contracts, as well as two high-ranking executives at rival Trafigura and its former CEO, according to plea bargain testimony seen by Reuters.

Brazil 'Car Wash' corruption probe facing 'worst moment' as establishment fights back

Sep 04 2019

BRASILIA Brazil's biggest-ever corruption investigation, which jailed dozens including a former president, has been threatened over the past week by a Supreme Court ruling and push back from politicians seeking to curb investigative powers.

Brazil Supreme Court judge says Lula deserves retrial

Aug 26 2019

BRASILIA A Brazilian Supreme Court justice believes jailed ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva deserves a retrial after leaked social media conversations appeared to show the judge hearing Brazil's largest-ever corruption case collaborated with prosecutors.

Brazilian anti-corruption crusader backs Bolsonaro 2022 re-election

Aug 12 2019

BRASILIA Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro, who oversaw Brazil's biggest corruption probe as a federal judge, said on Monday he has no interest in elected office and that President Jair Bolsonaro is his candidate for the 2022 election.

Brazil top court suspends ex-president Lula's move to Sao Paulo jail

Aug 07 2019

BRASILIA Brazil's Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended a lower court decision to transfer imprisoned former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from the southern city of Curitiba to a penitentiary in the state of Sao Paulo.

Brazil Supreme Court justices delay decision on Lula appeal

Jun 25 2019

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday delayed until August its decision on an appeal by imprisoned former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who argued he should be freed because leaked private messages showed that the judge who convicted him was not impartial.

Embattled Brazil justice minister decries leaked texts in corruption probe

Jun 19 2019

BRASILIA Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro said on Wednesday that a criminal organization was responsible for leaks of his private messages as a federal judge, which raised questions about his ethics while overseeing a major corruption probe.

Brazil lawmakers open pension debate as Bolsonaro pushes private savings accounts

Jun 18 2019

BRASILIA Brazil's congressional committee on pension reform began debating a revised bill on Tuesday, as President Jair Bolsonaro urged lawmakers to rethink their move to drop his plan to introduce a retirement system based on private savings accounts.

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