Brazil’s Anti-Corruption Minister resigns over leaked recordings related to corruption probe

Fabiano Augusto Martins Silveira, ministro de Fiscalização, Transparência e Controle antiga CGU (Controladoria Geral da União) Foto: CNMP
Fabiano Augusto Martins Silveira, ministro de Fiscalização, Transparência e Controle antiga CGU (Controladoria Geral da União) Foto: CNMP

{BNN / BRASILIA, Brazil} – Brazil’s Transparency Minister Fabiano Silveira has resigned after recordings suggesting that he had tried to hinder a corruption probe were leaked.

According to reports, Silveira, who had been tasked by President Michel Temer with fighting corruption in the country, announced his decision to step down in a letter. He has not been replaced with anyone yet.

Silveira and Senate President Renan Calheiros became the latest victims of controversial leaked recordings which had been secretly made by a former oil industry executive as part of a plea bargain.

Planning Minister Romero Juca had resigned last week after the same tapes had been leaked.

Government source told Reuters that Silveira would stay on as the Transparency Minister for now.

The tape was leaked by TV Globo on May 29, in which Silveira criticises prosecutors in the probe focused on state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, known as Petrobras.

Silveira advices the Calheiros on how to defend himself from the probe in the recording which was done at the Senate leader’s house.

Silveira was a counsellor on the National Justice Counsel at the time of the meeting. The meeting was recorded by former head of the transportation arm of Petrobras, Sergio Machado, who is under investigation as part of the graft probe. He has turned as state’s witness and recorded the meeting with other politicians to obtain leniency from prosecutors.

According to reports, a spokesperson for Silveira said that the conversation had taken place but it was taken out of context.

“Temer’s initial decision was that Silveira can continue in his post for now because he did not interfere in the investigation, he was just giving Calheiros advice,” he said.

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