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Rio de Janeiro governor impeachment confirmed over alleged COVID-19-related graft

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Rio de Janeiro governor impeachment confirmed over alleged COVID-19-related graft
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SAOPAULO (Reuters) – A Brazilian court confirmed on Friday the impeachment of Rio de Janeiro’s state governor Wilson Witzel over alleged graft in the purchase of medical supplies and services to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

Witzel, who denies any wrongdoing, had been temporarily removed from power in August 2020.

Investigations by Brazilian prosecutors say that Witzel bought 700 million reais ($128.76 million) in ventilators which have never been delivered to treat COVID-19 patients.

($1 = 5.4366 reais)

(Reporting by Pedro Fonseca, writing by Carolina Mandl; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)