Brazilian Corruption Investigator Killed in Plane Crash
You would think the people of Brazil would be hard to shock after the turbulence that they have endured in the past few years, including a deep recession, and the impeachment of a president.
But today’s sudden death of a Supreme Court justice who was a pivotal player in an investigation into the huge Petrobras corruption scandal has come as a blow to the nation of such severity that the government has called for three days of national mourning.
Judge Teori Zavascki was killed when the light twin-propellor plane he was traveling in crashed into the Atlantic, amid heavy rain. Officials reportedly said the aircraft had left an airport in São Paulo about 80 minutes earlier. The crash was near the aircraft’s destination, the tourist town of Paraty, about 150 miles south of Rio de Janeiro.