Brazil police arrest 3 ex-congressmen, broaden corruption probe

Publikováno: 13. dubna 2015

Brazilian police arrested three former congressmen on Friday, broadening their corruption investigation beyond state-run oil firm Petrobras to state lender Caixa Economica Federal and the federal health ministry.

A policeman stands in front of the Petrobras headquarters during a protest in Rio de Janeiro

A policeman stands in front of the Petrobras headquarters during a protest in Rio de Janeiro March 4, 2015. | Source: REUTERS/SERGIO MORAES

A federal judge in the southern city of Curitiba ordered the arrest of André Vargas, former congressman for the ruling Workers‘ Party, as well as Luiz Argolo and Pedro Corrêa, former lawmakers for the smaller opposition Party of Solidarity.

Though none currently hold office, they were the first politicians arrested in the year-old probe that discovered construction companies had funneled bribes from Petrobras.

Prosecutors and police agents said at a press conference that Vargas and his brother had taken bribes in exchange for helping a public relations firm and a biotech lab secure contracts with Caixa Economica Federal and the health ministry.

„This was probably repeated in other areas,“ said federal police agent Igor Romario.

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Prosecutors and police agents said at a press conference that Vargas and his brother had taken bribes in exchange for helping a public relations firm and a biotech lab secure contracts with Caixa Economica Federal and the health ministry.