Congressmen fail to open probe on WCup corruption
Congressmen seeking to open an investigation into corruption
allegations surrounding the 2014 World Cup have not obtained enough
votes from their colleagues to start an inquiry.
The congressmen were trying to investigate alleged
irregularities involving the use of public funds in the country’s
preparations for next year’s tournament.
The leading senator pushing for the probe said that government
pressure kept many congressmen from signing the petition calling
for the inquiry. Izalci Ferreira said he had gathered signatures
from more than 200 congressmen, enough to have the investigation
approved, but many backtracked when the official request was about
to be made.
Ferreira said Wednesday through his press office that he will
continue to push for the investigation despite the setback.