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Brazil’s prosecutor general: unbiased professional, or Bolsonaro’s lackey?

Augusto Aras will have his one-year anniversary as Brazil's prosecutor general. His stint is market by decisions favorable to Jair Bolsonaro

Prosecutor General Augusto Aras
President Bolsonaro and Prosecutor General Augusto Aras. Photo: Isac Nóbrega/PR

Handpicked by President Jair Bolsonaro last September, Brazil’s Prosecutor General Augusto Aras is about to complete a full year in office. Initially depicted as the president’s strawman, Mr. Aras used his inauguration speech to reinforce his “unwavering commitment to [fighting] corruption,” while stressing that the Federal Prosecution Service he now oversees must be “pledged to the true spirit of the Constitution.”

His stint as prosecutor general has so far been littered with controversy, with questionable decisions that have led to internal and external criticism. Mr. Aras’s vow against corruption has been called into doubt, thanks to his series...

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