Brazil lawyer defending corrupt execs in Petrobras scandal steps down, cites political threats

Kenneth Rapoza – Forbes, 7/31/2015

Brazilians woke up Friday to discover that one of the defending lawyers in the biggest corruption case in the nation’s history has resigned, citing threats to her life.

Beatriz Catta Preta told Globo TV news that she would no longer be defending the big construction firms implicated in the ongoing Petrobras scandal.

“Due to all that is going on, and in order to protect my children and my own safety, I’ve decided to end my career,” she told the Jornal Nacional broadcast. She said that threats came after it was revealed by the courts that her construction client Camargo Correa had paid an embarrassing $5 million to Eduardo Cunho, president of Brazil’s lower house of congress and member of the corrupt political party PMDB.

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