Anti-crime, corruption measure faces headwinds in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s crusading justice minister is facing congressional resistance to his effort to stiffen laws against organized crime and corruption.
Congressional Speaker Rodrigo Maia said Wednesday night that Sergio Moro’s bill is a “cut and paste” job from an earlier proposal. He says it won’t be voted on until a controversial pension reform is dealt with.
The setback is notable because Maia is loosely allied with President Jair Bolsonaro’s government.
Moro led an aggressive battle against corruption as a federal judge, sowing fear and resentment among many lawmakers before joining Bolsonaro’s government to demonstrate its will to battle rampant crime and corruption.
But he’s had to compromise with legislators and has found himself defending Bolsonaro’s family against allegations of corruption.
Some politicians also may fear him as an eventual presidential candidate.