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Rio Governor suspended in coronavirus corruption probe

Today, another major political crisis in Rio de Janeiro. The risks for the Mercosur-EU trade deal. And the first Brazilian carbon-neutral meat product line.

Court suspends Rio governor for suspected corruption  

Early this morning, Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice — the country’s second-highest judicial body — has temporarily stripped Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel of his office. Prosecutors accuse Mr. Witzel of heading a corruption scheme to embezzle funds earmarked for the state’s coronavirus efforts, involving the receipt of kickbacks from contractors and laundering money through a law firm belonging to his wife, Helena Witzel. The corruption scheme is suspected of...

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