Brazil: Brazil justice minister resigns, accuses Bolsonaro of meddling

Brazilian public prosecutor Augusto Aras asked the Supreme Court on Friday to authorise the investigation of allegations made by former minister Sergio Moro against President Jair Bolsonaro, his office said.

Bolsonaro suffered the heaviest blow to his presidency so far as his popular justice minister quit on Friday and accused him of potentially criminal meddling in law enforcement, adding to the turmoil of a government struggling to confront a fast-growing coronavirus outbreak.

Moro, who won broad public support for jailing corrupt politicians and businessmen as a judge, said he was resigning because Bolsonaro fired federal police chief Mauricio Valeixo for personal and political reasons.

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