- Title: Brazil's Moro: justice ministry will be used to fight corruption and crime
- Date: 6th November 2018
- Summary: CURITIBA, PARANA STATE, BRAZIL (NOVEMBER 6, 2018) (REUTERS) ****WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** BRAZILIAN FEDERAL PROSECUTOR AND PRESIDENT-ELECT BOLSONARO'S INTENDED NOMINEE FOR JUSTICE MINISTER, SERGIO MORO, SEATED AT DESK FOR NEWS CONFERENCE GENERAL VIEW, MORO SPEAKING TO JOURNALISTS CLOSE, MORO SPEAKING VARIOUS, MORO SPEAKING WITH JOURNALISTS IN FOREGROUND (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZILIAN FEDERAL PROSECUTOR AND PRESIDENT-ELECT BOLSONARO'S INTENDED NOMINEE FOR JUSTICE MINISTER, SERGIO MORO, SAYING: "The goal in the federal government is to do what has not been done - with all respect - in recent years, to try to implement a strong anti-corruption agenda and a strong anti-organized crime agenda because it is a national threat." GENERAL VIEW, MORO SPEAKING TO JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZILIAN FEDERAL PROSECUTOR AND PRESIDENT-ELECT BOLSONARO'S INTENDED NOMINEE FOR JUSTICE MINISTER, SERGIO MORO, SAYING: "The main idea is to use the model that was successful in Operation Lava Jato ("Car Wash") of (using) task forces, and to use the task forces not only against other corruption schemes, but also against organized crime." JOURNALISTS AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZILIAN FEDERAL PROSECUTOR AND PRESIDENT-ELECT BOLSONARO'S INTENDED NOMINEE FOR JUSTICE MINISTER, SERGIO MORO, SAYING: "I know that some people previously interpreted my decision (to accept the position of justice minister) as a form of reward, which is absolutely wrong because my decision (to prosecute former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva) was taken in 2017 without any perspective that the then-federal congressman (Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro) would be the President of Brazil." MORO EXITS NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 20th November 2018 23:59
- Keywords: Brazil Justice Ministry Sergio Moro Car Wash Lava Jato Jair Bolsonaro Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
- Location: CURITIBA, PARANA STATE, BRAZIL
- City: CURITIBA, PARANA STATE, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00195DCKLF
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- Story Text: Brazil anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro, picked to be right-wing President-elect Jair Bolsonaro's justice minister, vowed on Tuesday (November 6) to use the ministry to fight corruption and organized crime.
Moro said the ministry will use the same methods he used successfully in the so-called Car Wash investigation that saw dozens of businessmen and politicians jailed for graft.
Brazil's far-right president-elect Bolsonaro announced on November 1 that Moro would become his justice minister, delighting his supporters and enraging critics by hiring the jurist who jailed his chief political rival, former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Moro, a telegenic 46-year-old who has previously dismissed any political ambitions, oversaw the so-called 'Operation Car Wash' probe that convicted the former president of bribery and money laundering, blocking the then poll-leader from running against Jair Bolsonaro.
The president-elect scored a clear political victory with the appointment of Moro, who gained a cult following in Brazil after he locked up a string of politicians and businessmen in the country's biggest-ever graft investigation.
But the decision also gives ammunition to his opponents, who have long argued that the 'Car Wash' probe was a politicized purge aimed at sidelining Lula and his leftist Workers Party (PT).
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