BREAKING: Court suspends Rio governor for suspected corruption

Rio Governor suspended in coronavirus corruption probe
Wilson Witzel. Photo: Paulo Vitor/Gov.RJ

Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel has been temporarily stripped of his job after a decision from the Superior Court of Justice. Mr. Witzel is accused of leading a corruption scheme involving the embezzlement of state funds allocated to combating the coronavirus pandemic.

“I want to voice my outrage. These search and seizure operations are ‘search and get disappointed’ stunts. They haven’t found [anything against me]. Federal prosecutors are specializing in destabilizing state administrations with shallow investigations — and show the political use of the Federal Prosecution Office,” said Mr. Witzel.

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