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Brazilian Police Investigate Lawmakers for Corruption

BRASILIA – Brazilian police searched on Tuesday the congressional offices of two lawmakers accused of involvement in a $2 billion corruption scandal centered on state oil company Petrobras.

The subjects of the operation were Sen. Ciro Nogueira and lower house member Eduardo da Fonte, both of the conservative PP party.

Acting on warrants issued by Supreme Court Judge Edson Fachin, federal agents also searched the official apartments of the two parliamentarians.

The pair have come under scrutiny as part of the sprawling Lava Jato (Car Wash) probe.

Last week, Fachin shelved for lack of evidence another corruption investigation of seven PP legislators accused of receiving bribes totaling 2.7 million reais ($818,000) from Queiroz Galvao, one of the construction companies that paid off politicians to obtain lucrative contracts with Petrobras.

Former Petrobras executives turned prosecution witnesses say that the PP effectively owned seats on the company’s board of directors.

Despite the fact that Lava Jato has resulted in the convictions of top executives of Brazil’s main construction companies, as well as dozens of politicians and former Petrobras executives, investigations of sitting lawmakers – which are the exclusive province of the Supreme Court – have made little, if any, headway.

 

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