Brazil appoints anti-corruption judge as justice minister

5 Nov 18

Brazil’s president-elect has appointed a prominent anti-corruption judge to join his parliament as head of the justice ministry.

The appointment comes as Jair Bolsonaro won a sweeping election victory last week, with pledges to combat corruption.

He made it clear after his win that he wanted judge Sergio Moro to join his administration, saying he was a person of “extreme importance in a government like ours”.

Moro said last week it was an honour to be asked to oversee justice and public security.

The judge has uncovered a number of corruption cases involving top-level politicians from a broad spectrum of parties.

Moro’s supporters see him as an anti-corruption leader but others have accused him of targeting left-wing politicians, especially those in the former ruling Worker’s party.

Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is convicted as part of an anti-corruption investigation known as Operation Car Wash, has repeatedly said he is a victim of a political witch-hunt.

Moro was the judge in charge of the so-called ‘operation car wash’ investigation, which looked into claims that executives at the state oil company Petrobras accepted bribes in return for awarding contracts to construction firms.

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