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U.S. Government cites former brazilian President José Sarney as an example of corruption

Former brazilian President José Sarney (left)

Former brazilian President José Sarney (right)

A report released on Monday (March 1) the U.S. State Department says that corruption in Brazil is still “worrying”. The report follows citing the cases of : a) José Roberto Arruda ,  former Federal District governor removed from office by suspicions of corruption, b)  and various allegations of irregularities made against the Senate President José Sarney (PMDB-AP ).

The report in which Brazil is mentioned deals with measures by governments to combat international drug trafficking and is made annually to be sent to the United States Congress. The data from this year’s report relate to 2009. Although being on drug trafficking, the report also summarizes the political situation in some countries.

About Sarney, the report says the former president of the country is “accused of various improprieties, such as having an illegal offshore account and recalls the case of the foundation that bears his name and received money from the state Petrobras. There was criticism that the sponsorship contract had been rigged. The report explains that the allegations were not accepted by the Senate. The brazilian press said Sarney will not comment to the U.S. report.