Brazil: Brazil Senate police chief arrested for thwarting corruption probe

Author(s): UNK | Date: October 21, 2016 | Language: English
Source: http://www.todayonline.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/tGDYkA | Type: Text

The head of Brazil’s Senate police was arrested on Friday for counter-intelligence efforts to protect senators implicated in a sprawling graft scandal, even sweeping their homes for bugs, police said.
A statement by Brazil’s federal police did not name the senators the officer allegedly sought to protect, but Brazilian media said they included two former presidents, Jose Sarney and Fernando Collor de Mello, and former Energy Minister Edison Lobao.
A lawyer for Lobao confirmed that the senator had recently requested a house sweep but denied any wrongdoing, saying that by law such sweeps are part of the Senate police’s job.

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