In a statement to the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI) that “investigates” the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST), João Pedro Stedile, leader of the movement, indicated the book Jungle: Loggers, prospectors and corrupt people in the Amazon without law, by Alexandre Saraiva, delegate of the Federal Police.
“I will recommend you to buy this book, here is a testimonial book by the PF delegate, Alexandre Saraiva, he explains here who does the deforestation in the Amazon”, said Stédile in response to federal deputy Kim Kataguiri (UB-SP), about deforestation in Brazil.
In December 2020, Saraiva was responsible for the operation that seized the largest amount of illegal wood in the country’s history – 226 thousand cubic meters of logs valued at more than 130 million reais. The case led to an investigation against Ricardo Salles, current federal deputy and rapporteur for the CPI, who at the time was Minister of the Environment.
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The book indicated by Stedile, sitting a few meters from Salles in the CPI room, narrates the operation. For investigating the association of Salles and members of the federal government with illegal logging in the Amazon, Saraiva was removed from the Federal Police.
The operation culminated in an inquiry that began to investigate Salles’ involvement in environmental crimes. Immediately afterwards, he was removed by then-president Jair Bolsonaro (PL) as head of the Ministry of the Environment.
In contact with the Brasil de Fato report, Saraiva stated that he is “available to prove, with my testimony and extensive documentation, Ricardo Salles’ participation in land grabbing in the Amazon”.
Editing: Thalita Pires