Supreme Court Authorizes Use of Financial Data in Corruption Investigations

Judgment could affect Flavio Bolsonaro who is being investigated by Rio prosecutors


Brazil's Federal Supreme Court recently authorized the sharing of bank and tax data with legal entities and the police without prior judicial authorization.

The decision is a defeat for the president of the court, Dias Toffoli. With the ruling, investigations and prosecutions that were paralyzed by Toffoli's July injunction will likely resume. One such investigation involves Senator Flávio Bolsonaro, the son of President Jair Bolsonaro, who was being investigated by Rio de Janeiro prosecutors.

The president of the court, Dias Toffoli. (Foto: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress, PODER) - Folhapress

Justice Toffoli suspended more than 900 investigations across the country. He then moderated his position by proposing one-off restrictions on Revenue and making reservations about the procedures of the former COAF (Financial Activities Control Board), renamed the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). Even so, the argument did not gain support from his peers. The vote on the process on the use of confidential information ended on Thursday (28).

However, as some justices did not specifically comment on Toffoli's remarks, the thesis that will guide the action of the control bodies will be filed on day 4.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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