Brazil’s Minister of Justice Resigns, Accuses President Bolsonaro of Meddling

Sergio Moro Accused Bolsonaro of Firing Police Chief for Personal and Political Reasons


Brazil’s Minister of Justice Sergio Moro has resigned shortly after accusing President Jair Bolsonaro of potential criminal meddling in law enforcement. Moro also accused Bolsonaro of not doing enough to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Brazilian public prosecutor Augusto Aras has since asked the Supreme Court to authorize an investigation into the claims.

Moro enjoyed substantial public support after jailing corrupt politicians and businessmen during his time in the judiciary. Moro said he was resigning because the president fired federal police chief Mauricio Valeixo for personal and political reasons.

Former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso has urged Bolsonaro to step down while the leader of opposition in Congress has called for impeachment.

Bolsonaro could not be immediately reached for comment.