Brazil: Brazil corruption probe: Key suspect arrested in Spain

Author(s): UNK | Date: November 22, 2016 | Language: English
Source: http://www.bbc.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/3qKW8a | Type: Text

Police in Spain have arrested a man they suspect of being the financial brain behind a huge corruption scandal which has rocked Brazilian politics.
Spanish police arrested the 43-year-old man, who has dual Spanish and Brazilian nationality, in a hotel in Madrid.
Officers did not reveal the man’s name but said he was a lawyer for Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht.
He is suspected of being the mastermind behind a kickback scheme involving Brazil’s state oil company, Petrobras.
Police allege the man, whose initials they said were RTB, led a scheme in which politicians received bribes in return for awarding lucrative public works contracts to private companies.
The investigation into the scandal, dubbed Operation Car Wash, first focused on corruption at Brazilian oil giant Petrobras.

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