The request for an investigation by the NGO Transparency International was yet another move by STF (Supreme Federal Court) minister Dias Toffoli against measures taken by Operation Lava Jato. It is added to the suspension of fines imposed on J&F and Novonor (formerly Odebrecht) in leniency agreements signed by the companies — in amounts totaling R$14 billion.
Toffoli based these decisions and the annulment of evidence obtained in the denunciation of Novonor executives on the revelations of Operation Spoofing, which dealt with dialogues between Lava Jato prosecutors and former judge Sergio Moro. According to him, abuses committed by the task force may have coerced companies into closing leniency agreements.
This Tuesday (6), Toffoli suspended the secrecy of the actions regarding Transparency and Novonor, and the Attorney General’s Office appealed against the suspension of J&F’s fine. Transparency released a note in which it said it suffered unfair retaliation in response to its anti-corruption work — the request for an investigation came after the publication of the corruption perception ranking, in which the NGO cited Toffoli’s decisions as an argument for the worsening of Brazil’s assessment.
This Wednesday’s Café da Manhã (7) explains what Dias Toffoli’s stance is based on, discusses the minister’s history in relation to Lava Jato and analyzes his political movements. The podcast interviews Felipe Bächtold, reporter for Sheet.
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Café da Manhã is published from Monday to Friday, always at the beginning of the day. The episode is presented by journalists Magê Flores and Gabriela Mayer, produced by Laila Mouallem and Victor Lacombe. Sound editing is by Thomé Granemann.