Brazil Cabinet members investigated in corruption probe
Posted April 12
SAO PAULO — Brazil Supreme Court Judge Edson Fachin has dramatically expanded the scope of a nationwide corruption probe by ordering investigations of 108 people — including eight members of President Michel Temer's Cabinet.
— Chief of Staff Eliseu Padilha, suspected of charging companies bribes to finance campaigns of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party in exchange for airport concessions.
— Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, suspected of accepting $159,000 in illegal campaign contributions from the Odebrecht construction company.
— Secretary General of the Presidency Wellington Moreira Franco, suspected of charging companies bribes to finance campaigns of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party in exchange for airport concessions.
— Science and Technology Minister Gilberto Kassab, suspected of receiving $6.6 million between 2008 and 2014 while mayor of Sao Paulo and later as minister of cities for road construction contracts.
— Minister of Cities Bruno Araujo, suspected of receiving $190,500 in illegal campaign financing to benefit Odebrecht projects.
— Industry and Trade Minister Marcos Antonio Pereira, suspected of receiving $2.2 million in exchange for his party's support of former President Dilma Rousseff's campaign.
— Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi, suspected of receiving $3.8 million from Odebrecht for his campaign for governor of Mato Grosso state.
— National Integration Minister Helder Barbalho, suspected of receiving $500,000 in illegal financing for his campaign for governor of Para state.
Fachin also asked lower courts to decide on whether to continue 201 other investigations of figures including four former Brazilian presidents: Dilma Rousseff, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Jose Sarney. The allegations against them have not been released.
Temer was also mentioned in some of the judge's decisions, but as president, he has temporary immunity for any crimes committed before he took office.