10 May 2019
Brazilian lawmakers dealt a blow to the country’s graft-busting Justice Minister Sergio Moro on Thursday, when a congressional committee voted to transfer a key tool for monitoring financial transactions to the recently-formed Economy Ministry.
The lawmakers also voted to reverse President Jair Bolsonaro’s decree giving the Agriculture Ministry power to define tribal lands and removing the country’s indigenous affairs agency from the Justice Ministry.
The changes, which must still be ratified by the full lower house of Congress and then the Senate, are seen as a setback to the government – and particularly to Moro, who has declared war on the country’s culture of political graft and impunity.
Moro has met with antagonism from the country’s political elite, many of whom the former federal judge jailed when he led the sweeping five-year political corruption probe, known as Car Wash.
When he became justice minister this year, Moro pushed to transfer the Council for Financial Activities Control (COAF), which flags suspicious funds moving through Brazil’s banking system for review by law enforcement officials, into the Justice Ministry.
By Maria Carolina Marcello, Reuters, 9 May 2019
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