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Transparency International condemns attempts in Brazil to give allegedly corrupt politicians amnesty

The Brazilian Congress is trying to pass a general amnesty for electoral crimes that will let many allegedly corrupt politicians go free. The amnesty clause is being added to an anti-corruption bill that Transparency International has supported. Transparency International condemns this move to grant corrupt politicians an amnesty and calls on Congress to pass the anti-corruption bill without the amnesty clause.

“This trick to pass legislation to give politicians who are likely to be convicted of electoral crimes amnesty is a travesty. People will be outraged when they see the corrupt are not held to account. The fact that it is being done under the guise of strong anti-corruption legislation is absurd. We call on Congress to pass the anti-corruption legislation without the amnesty and condemn the subterfuge. It is no surprise that citizens do not trust their politicians,” said José Ugaz, Chair of Transparency International."

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