Brazil: Bolsonaro faces backlash after Brazil corruption probe is scrapped

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is facing a political backlash after the task force at the centre of the long-running Lava Jato — or Car Wash — anti-corruption probe was disbanded.

For almost seven years, prosecutors based in the southern city of Curitiba investigated a vast contracts-for-kickbacks scheme that ensnared hundreds of Brazil’s most prominent politicians and businessmen.

The nationwide probe — which eventually spread around Latin America — resulted in almost 300 guilty verdicts, including the imprisonment of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Another former president, Michel Temer, was arrested and released but remains under investigation.  The probe has clawed back more than R$4bn ($750m) for the public coffers, including those of the federal government and state-controlled oil company Petrobras.

The original full article can be found at ft.com

(Photo: Eraldo Peres/AP)

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