In a statement made today (Sep 12), Brazil's Prosecutor-General Rodrigo Janot said that the unprecedented quality and quantity of the investigations conducted over the last few years have left the investigated with no other choice but to attempt to “undermine and discredit” those whose job is to fight corruption.
“One cannot fail to acknowledge the significant steps taken in Brazil over the last years in the fight against corruption. There is no going back now, even though there is still a lot to be done,” he added.
The statement was made during the launch ceremony of an initiative dubbed All Together Against Corruption, one day after the Federal Police finished its probe in which signs were gathered of crimes believed to be committed by President Michel Temer and aides in the so-called “PMDB lower house gang.”
“Since there are no excuses for the huge amount of facts brought to light, the strategy of the defense couldn't be any other than attempting to undermine and discredit those charged with the fight against corruption,” Janot pointed out.
As for the campaign, Janot said its purpose is to develop a set of preventive strategies. “A culture completely averse to corruption must be created, raising awareness and engaging the population in the key role of organization and mobilization against this scene of patrimonialism, underhandedness, and clientelism, which sadly marks the course of our history,” he said.
Translated by Fabrício Ferreira