“Brazil’s environment minister implicated in illegal timber trade” | abroad

The Brazilian Environment Minister is suspected of being involved in the illegal harvested timber trade. This was announced by the Supreme Court after police raids of various offices of his ministry.

Ten key environmental officials in the Jair Bolsonaro government have been suspended from the investigation, but Minister Ricardo Salles is not among them. Brazilian media reported that police searched his home in Brasilia.

According to the police, the searches are carried out based on information from the foreign authorities. No country was mentioned, but the research relates to wood exports to the US and Europe.

Experts and activists accuse Sallis of systematically dismantling environmental protection programs. Amazon rainforest deforestation has increased dramatically since Bolsonaro took office in 2019. The destruction of this rainforest is at its highest level in twelve years.

The minister was photographed a year ago at a cabinet meeting saying the government should take advantage of the distraction caused by the Coronavirus pandemic by easing environmental regulations. Salles later said, after some fuss over his remarks, that he is working against red tape and not for the sake of protecting the environment.

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