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Federal Prosecutor Sues Brazilian Education Minister for Damages

By Arkady Petrov

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The MPF (Federal Public Prosecutor's Office) advised yesterday, May 30, that it filed a civil action against Minister Abraham Weintraub (Education) and the federal government for collective moral (punitive) damages.

Grounds for the action are the minister's speeches since he took over the portfolio in April, making offensive statements about students and teachers.

The MPF is asking for R$5 million damages. The 10th Federal Court of Mossoró, Rio Grande do Norte state, will now examine the case.

Although it includes the Federal Government, the MPF ensures that there is "direct . . .

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