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Brazilian corruption probe claims another political scalp


Brazilian corruption probe claims another political scalp

Brazilian police arrested former senator Gim Argello as part of a two-year corruption investigation.

The so-called “Operation CarWash” probe is based on evidence that Argello, from the centrist PTB party, took bribes to ensure executives at major infrastructure companies would not be summoned by an investigative congressional committee in 2014.

The probe centers on state-run oil producer Petrobras and has uncovered systemic corruption at multiple companies at the highest levels of government since the Workers’ Party took power in 2003. It has also given momentum to impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff.

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