Rio de Janeiro Governor Suspended Over Alleged COVID-19-Related Graft

A Brazilian court temporarily removed Rio de Janeiro state’s governor from office on Friday over alleged graft in the purchase of medical supplies and services to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A raft of investigations have been opened in Brazil and other Latin American countries, including Peru, Ecuador and Mexico, into alleged corruption related to the response to the coronavirus outbreak in the world’s hardest-hit region.

The 180-day suspension handed down by the Superior Court of Justice in Brasilia is a major blow for Governor Wilson Witzel, a law-and-order politician who rose from virtual political obscurity to win the governorship of Brazil’s second-largest city in 2018.

Originally aligned with President Jair Bolsonaro, Witzel has become an increasingly vocal critic of . . .

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