Brazil env minister probed for timber trafficking

Agence France-Presse . Brasília | Published: 20:11, May 19,2021


Brazilian environment minister Ricardo Salles offers an interview to AFP at his office in Brasilia, on August 4, 2020.

Brazilian environment minister Ricardo Salles is suspected of involvement in a trafficking ring that sold illegal timber on the black market, a Supreme Court ruling of the country said as the police raided various ministry offices Tuesday.

The ruling suspended 10 high-ranking environment officials in Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s government from their posts, while the police investigate what Justice Alexandre de Moraes called an ‘extremely serious scheme to facilitate the contraband of rainforest products, allegedly with the involvement... of Environment Minister Ricardo Salles.’

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