Thursday, December 20, 2018

Nature's protector in Brasil?

A judge has found that Brazil’s new environment minister altered plans for an environmentally protected area in order to favour businesses.

A judge in São Paulo found Salles had committed “administrative improbity”, suspended his political rights for three years, and ordered him to pay a fine worth ten times his monthly salary. Judge Fausto Seabra also found against the São Paulo state federation of industry, known as FIESP, and ordered it to pay the same fine.

Prosecutors alleged that Salles, two others and FIESP “committed fraud in order to benefit business sectors, in particular, mining companies and others associated with FIESP”, arguing they modified maps and altered the environmental plan decree.
The judge found that Salles violated legal and regulatory norms, impeded the participation of other sectors of the environmental system and “attended the economic interests of a restricted group in detriment to the defence of the environment”.

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