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Brazil: Government Shuts Down Anti-Corruption Agency

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The Brazilian Government has shut down its Car Wash Anti-Corruption unit. The unit, which began as a routine investigation into money laundering activities of a car wash grew to become a major anti-corruption agency which successfully prosecuted business and political leaders, including former Presidents.

In its seven years of operation, the unit was responsible for 295 arrests, 278 convictions and recovering 4.3 billion reais ($803 million). In spite of the unit’s success, concerns had been raised about whether the unit was cutting corners in securing prosecutions. After its dissolution, some of the prosecutors in the unit will be transferred to other agencies.