The President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, He denied wanting to end Lava Jato, but assured that the operation that put countless politicians and executives in the country behind bars, including former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, ended because “there is no more corruption” in the government.
“It is a pride, a satisfaction, to tell this wonderful press that I do not want to end Lava Jato. I ended Lava Jato because no more corruption in government. I know this is not a virtue, it is an obligation, “he said at a ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace on Wednesday.
Controversy over the case
With the statements, the Brazilian president responded to the criticisms that have rained down on him for making decisions that go against those who defend the Car wash, such as nominating Kassio Nunes for the post of magistrate of the Court, a judge who would align himself with those who impose defeats on the operation in the Supreme Court.
Bolsonaro’s pronouncement also occurs at a time when the Supreme Court of Justice is preparing to judge lawsuits that can annul decisions of the Lava Jato operation and the former judge Sergio Moro.
Moro, who is internationally recognized for having coordinated the largest anti-corruption operation In the history of Brazil, he left office to be Bolsonaro’s Minister of Justice and resigned in enmity with the ruler, whom he accused of illegal pressure on the Federal Police.
The former judge left the Ministry arguing “political interference” Bolsonaro in the Federal Police, a body that was under his coordination in the Justice portfolio, a situation that is also investigated by the Court.
The pressures on Lava Jato also come from the Attorney General, whose head, Augusto Aras, appointed by Bolsonaro, called for an end to the “punitive fundamentalism” of what is known as the largest anti-corruption operation in Brazil.