After Seven Years, Brazil Shuts Down Car Wash anti-Corruption Task Force

The task force, which stemmed from a routine investigation into a car wash in Brasilia, ceased to exist on Monday, January 31st, although its dissolution was not announced by the federal prosecutors’ office (MPF) until Wednesday.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil’s Car Wash ("Lava Jato") anti-corruption unit has officially shut down, the end of an era for a team of prosecutors that helped send dozens of Latin American political and business leaders to jail, including several former presidents.

The task force, whose monicker stemmed from a routine money-laundering investigation into a car wash facility in Brasilia, ceased to exist on Monday, February 1st, although its dissolution was not announced until Wednesday by the federal prosecutors’ office (MPF).

Some of its prosecutors will be transferred to the organized crime unit of the MPF, where . . .

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