A corruption scandal is the latest fallout from the Brazilian president’s efforts to stifle institutions meant to protect the rainforest, fuelling a sharp increase in deforestation
31 March 2022
As a regional coordinator at Brazil’s National Indian Foundation (Funai), Jussielson Gonçalves Silva was tasked with protecting forests in the western state of Mato Grosso.
Instead, he and two other Funai officials were leasing Indigenous reserves to cattle ranchers for kickbacks worth up to US$190,000 a month, according to Brazil’s federal police, who arrested the ex-navy officer on 17 March.
Gonçalves Silva is one of the many military officials who …