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Brazil’s Anti-Corruption Head Resigns

Jaclyn Jaeger | December 9, 2014

Brazil’s anti-corruption obstacles continue to escalate, following the resignation this week of the federal government’s head of anti-corruption, amid a corruption probe unfolding against Brazilian state-owned oil company Petrobras.

Comptroller General Jorge Hage, who was appointed under Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to head the comptroller’s office in 2006, announced his resignation on Dec. 8 during a news conference marking international Anti-Corruption Day. Hage said he gave Brazil’s current President Dilma Rousseff his resignation letter in November, after she won a second term in office.

Hage’s resignation comes as eight engineering and construction companies that held contracts with Petrobras face allegations that they took part in a widespread money-laundering scheme. The companies involved are Camargo Correa, Engevix, Galvão Engenharia, IESA, Mendes Junior, Grupo OAS, Queiroz Galvão and UTC-Constran, according to the...

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